The Council of Presidential Candidates during a press conference on Thursday called for the final results of the presidential election to be disregarded.
A number of presidential candidates who are members of the council blame the electoral commission for neglecting its duties, which, according to them, has lead the country into a crisis.
“How big a betrayal the commission has made ..., as you saw yesterday, they (IEC) handed-over the credential certificate (to Ghani),” said Ahmad Wali Massoud, a presidential candidate.
“See the level of legitimacy! [The president's team] is waiting for greetings and calls of congratulations and look at the low level of legitimacy: nobody dares to congratulate [the President],” said Mohammad Shahab Hakimi, another candidate.
Members of the council say the presidential election was rigged and a national partnership government must be established after the election results are annulled.
“We will wait for a short while to see if they (Ghani and Abdullah ) come down from their ignorance; otherwise, we will declare our own govt,” said Mohammad Hakim Torsan, another candidate.
The final results of the presidential election were announced on Tuesday by the Independent Election Commission, and Ashraf Ghani was elected president for the second time.
However, a number of presidential candidates, including Abdullah Abdullah, Rahmatullah Nabil and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, have rejected the result.
Abdullah, meanwhile, has announced that he is the winner and said he will form another government.
On the other hand, however, a number of supporters of Ashraf Ghani's team at a gathering in Kabul today insisted that no group would be allowed to create chaos in the country.“Declaring a parallel government is a dream. We urge the President to apply the law against those who declare a parallel government,” said Mohammad Ibrahim Alkozai, a supporter of Ghani’s team.
The final results of the presidential election were announced Tuesday, about five months after the election was held on September 28, 2019.