The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Saturday called for campaign teams to submit fully-completed financial reports, saying that only six teams have done so, and that reports from Ashraf Ghani, Abdullah Abdullah and Enayatullah Hafiz are still lacking information.
“Those whose reports are incomplete are President Ashraf Ghani, Abdullah Abdullah and Enayatullah Hafiz and they have been told that they must complete their financial reports as soon as possible and send them back to the Commission,” said Shaima Sorosh, a Commission spokeswoman.
“If they spent more than what was allowed they will be fined,” said Mohammad Qasim Ilyasi, commissioner and spokesman.
442 million Afghanis ($5.6 million) is the campaign spending limit, according to election law.
But spokespeople from the electoral groups of President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah said they have submitted their financial reports—in perfect order--to the Independent Election Commission.
“Our total expenses were 201 million Afghanis ($2.5 million) and we submitted them to the commission,” said Najib Danish, a spokesman for Ghani’s team.
“We submitted two reports to the Election Commission. One was a monthly report and the other was after the election campaign was over,” said Fraidoon Khwazoon, a spokesman for Abdullah’s campaign team.
Enayatullah Hafiz claims that for his campaign, information required by the Election Commission is not applicable:
“The Commission was asking for bank accounts, but we didn’t have money to spend.”
The IEC says eleven other electoral groups have not yet submitted financial reports to the commission.
“The candidates have to report to the public how much they have spent in the campaigns,” said Abdul Malik, a resident of Kabul.
Election monitoring groups are asking the IEC to pay more attention to the candidates' financial reports.
“The election commission should pay more attention to the candidates’ submitted financial reports, and to the revenue sources of the campaigns,” said Samir Rasa, spokesman for the Free And Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan.
The Independent Election Complaints Commission (IECC) warns that if presidential candidates do not report the costs of their election campaigns, they will face legal action.