The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) has completed the assessment of 80 percent of Kabul votes by assessing 2,500 result sheets, a member of the electoral body, Qasim Elyasi, said at a press conference in Kabul on Tuesday.
At least four million people cast their ballots in Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections last October. Almost one-quarter of the votes belongs to Kabul.
The Independent Election Commission has announced the results of all provinces except Kabul after there was a request by the new commissioners of the complaints commission for a reassessment of Kabul votes.
Elyasi said they could not find the remaining 20 percent of the result sheets from the archive of the Independent Election Commission. Otherwise, he said, “clear changes would have happened” in the results.
The Independent Election Commission has started entering the assessed results into its information bank, said Habib Rahman Nang, head of the secretariat of the Independent Election Commission.
“Transparency is guaranteed. In addition, the activities are completely different. One person is not responsible there, a group of persons is responsible there,” Nang said.
This comes as the new MPs have already started their activities in the absence of Kabul lawmakers. The first session of the new lawmakers this week turned controversial over the election of the administrative board and the speaker due to the absence of Kabul MPs.
“We were expecting that Kabul results will be announced by the end of the week and we will have the parliament’s administrative board elections next week on Saturday,” said Mahdi Rasikh, an MP.