Presidential candidate Rahmatullah Nabil at a press conference on Tuesday said he knows of widespread fraud by two specific teams and there is a need for a second round to ensure a legitimate winner and a substantial voter turnout.
He thanked citizens for participating in the elections, the security forces for protecting the polls, and the international community for supporting the process.
Nabil listed his stance as follows:
• The only organization authorized to announce election results is the Independent Election Commission.
• Any prejudgment is a violation of the election law.
• The Security and Justice team, which he leads, only trusts biometric confirmed votes.
• His campaign supports any efforts for transparency.
• Because of fraud, there can be no legitimate winner from first round, so the commission should prepare for a second round.
According to Nabil, almost 1.5 million to two million people have voted in the election which is not sufficient for one candidate to have legal legitimacy for making major decisions as president, such as a decision on peace.
Nabil claimed that one certain election campaign team has spent $175 million during their campaign, indirectly referring to President Ghani’s election campaign team.
He called on other candidates to not get worked up about winning or losing, as many votes are fraudulent.
Nabil says that some candidates are trying to provide grounds for a crisis in the country by commenting on the results.
He called on the Election Commission to separate pure votes from fraudulent.
Nabil, who served as head of the National Directorate of Security under former President Hamid Karzai’s government in 2014, said he has plans to prevent a crisis in the country, which he will share in the next session.
Nabil said he has serious questions about biometric devices, vote count, and whether the biometric-recorded data or the result sheets will be accepted.
“We see election transparency as a key to saving Afghanistan from a crisis,” he added.