Supporters of Abdullah Abdullah and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, presidential candidates, marched on Sunday in Herat province close to the governor’s office and urged the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to separate “clean” votes from “fake” votes.
They criticized the IEC’s work and demanded that the disputed 300,000 votes be invalidated.
“Unfortunately, the election is like past elections where people’s votes aren’t valued,” said Ali Ahmad Usmani, the head of the Stability and Convergence campaign team in Herat province.
Previously, supporters of Abdullah marched on Wednesday in Parwan, Panjshir, Jawzjan and Ghor province to protest the Independent Election Commission’s failure to separate out “fraudulent votes” from the total tally.
“The clean votes should be respected, the clean votes should be separated from the “invalid votes” and the 300,000 votes should be invalidated,” said, Abdul Ghafoor Maulawizada, head of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s campaign team in Herat.
Earlier, Hekmatyar at a rally in Kabul on Friday recommended a full recount of votes amid uncertainty around the election results, which have been delayed for more than two months.
The protestors accused the IEC of organized fraud and for siding with a particular campaign team and urged the IEC to separate biometric and non-biometric votes.
“We want justice, our votes should be secured,” said Mohammad Asif Noori, a protestor.
“The clean votes should be counted, and the power of the government should not be used against people,” said Abu Bakr Saadat, another protestor.
Meanwhile, dozens of supporters of the Abdullah campaign team in Aibak city in Samangan Province also marched in the province and blocked the Kabul-Mazar highway for two hours, saying that they will not accept fraudulent votes.
“We don’t want fraud, we won’t accept 300 thousand fraudulent votes,” said, a protestor.
The protests come as the Presidential Election Candidate’s Council said that if the election doesn’t follow the agreed-upon process, they will not accept the results.
Moreover, candidates Nabil, Hekmatyar, and Abdullah and many other politicians discussed the election earlier and expressed their concerns about the election.