The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) said on Monday that nearly all of the election-related complaints would be completed in the following week.
31 provinces and three provincial IECC offices have announced their decisions to election campaign teams, IECC officials in nine provinces are ready to announce the results of their assessments, and the IECC offices in 19 provinces are assessing the legal points of the complaints to make decisions on them, according to IECC spokesman Mohammad Qasim Elyasi.
Also, vote auditing is underway in three provinces where the IECC provincial officials have announced their decisions on assessed complaints.
The IECC is under pressure for delaying the complaints assessment process. But Elyasi said that lack of access to biometric information and to the database center of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) are the main reasons for the delay.
“We want user access (to the voter database) from the election commission, and we want biometric information,” Elyasi said. “So far, we don’t have access to either of them. We were promised today to be given access.”
Critics said the complaints assessment process has been slow.
“Based on the (election) law, complaints should have been assessed in two weeks and their results should have been sent to the election commission,” former IEC chief Daud Ali Najafi said.
The complaints assessment began on December 26, and, according to the IECC, the process will take 39 working days.
The IECC has received over 16,500 complaints on elections – mainly from three election campaign teams.