TOLOnews received documents from voting centers in Zabul, Kandahar, Daikundi, Helmand and Herat provinces that show a discrepancy in some provinces between biometric registered votes and result sheets.
These documents show the number of votes tallied on result sheets to be several times that of voters registered on biometric devices.
But the IEC said the problem was temporary—existing just for a couple of hours--and now the problem has been solved.
One document revealed that only nine voters were registered by biometric devices at a polling station in Helmand, but the tallied votes on the results sheet was four hundred and eleven votes. Also, three hundred and sixty-six voters had been registered to vote, but 421 votes were cast in the ballot box.
“The commission is required to act on the basis of the law and established procedures and to ensure transparency,” said Noor Rahman Akhlaqi, a member of Abdullah’s team.
At the same time, some election observers at the Independent Election Commission (IEC) say that over the past three days biometric data is not being recorded in the data center; in fact, the center staff are only recording the result sheets data, without checking against the biometric data for verification.
“They have stopped the transfer of data from biometric devices, and there was no agreement about this” said Mohammad Younus Now Andish, election observer. Referring to the matching of biometric data with the result sheets, Andish said: “The commission, and all the observers, and the international community agreed that this process should not be stopped.”
But despite these allegations, the commission said that only biometrically-verified votes are valid.
“Only votes that have been processed through the biometric system are valid for us and you can filter out ones that are not,” said Mawlana Abdullah, an election commissioner.
TOLOnews reporters were not yet able to visit the IEC data center.
According to the IEC, all provincial biometric devices will reach Kabul by the end of Saturday.