A group of protesting candidates who are observing a set-in protest for the past three months, on Tuesday went on hunger strike as a last option to pressure President Ghani’s office to address their complaints regarding last year’s parliamentary elections which was surrounded by widespread fraud and corruption allegations.
The all-women candidates’ group submitted a number of documents and evidence about alleged fraud in the parliamentary elections to relevant institutions but they said that they have heard nothing in response.
The protesting candidates warned to continue their hunger strike unless their demands are met.
“We started our protest at this tent 80 days ago for justice. Our four sisters have embroidered their lips and it is a historic shame for Afghanistan. This is the first set-in camp which has been established by women. The government is not prepared to address our legitimate demands,” said Farzana Farahmand, a protesting candidate.
“Government is not hearing our voice. It is deceiving us,” said Najiba Fayiz, a protesting candidate.
Another protesting candidate, Zulfaqar Stanekzai, said the National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib visited their set-in camp last month and vowed to address their demands, but “it was just shallow promise”.
These candidates who belong to 12 provinces started their sit-in protest three months ago.