Officials from Abdullah Abudullah’s Stability and Convergence Party on Monday alleged that security forces, in collaboration with a “particular election campaign,” and by the order of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) secretary chief, picked the digital lock protecting the IEC’s digital center on Sunday and entered the facility.
“The unlocking of the seal has been carried out by the direct order of the head of the secretariat of the Election Commission,” said Ali Ahmad Osmani, the head of the Stability and Convergence Campaign.
“Based on the information we have received, some others, including the special units of the Ministry of Interior, the deputy minister of Interior for Security, and the Arg (Presidential Palace), are involved in this and it has been carried out in coordination with Arg,” added Osmani.
The commission’s digital center was locked down after the allegations, and this move paralyzed other IEC offices.
Some claim that there was no break-in to the IEC digital center:
“Whenever you try to enter into a digital device, it swiftly records your time in and time out,” said Dawoud Sultanzoi, member of Ashraf Ghani’s State Building campaign.
Others claim that the police’s involvement is not true:
“Reports that the security forces are interfering in the internal affairs of the Election Commission are totally baseless,” said Nusrat Rahimi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior.
The Election Commission in a statement rejected the reports that the digital locks were broken.