ENTIKHABAT 98: IECC Criticized for Decision on Disputed Votes
Members of electoral monitoring institutions said on Monday they see ambiguity around a decision by the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on auditing part of the 300,000 disputed that will eventually provide the way for the announcement of final results of the September presidential polls.
A document seen by TOLOnews shows that the IECC has ordered a special audit for votes from 2,126 polling stations out of a total of 2,423 polling stations while it has decided to validate votes from 297 polling stations. The 2,423 polling stations encompass votes which have not been registered biometrically, according to IECC.
Observers and members of protesting campaign teams said that the IECC has made a decision to validate non-biometric votes based on their QR code, not based on a stamp in the data center. The observers said this decision needs clarification and that any “misuse” in this respect should be prevented.
They say that several parts of these decisions are not clear and that the entity should explain further to prevent exploitation.
In this program, host Yaser Abrar discusses the topic with the following guests:
Mohammad Reza Fayaz, IECC deputy spokesman
Mohammad Yusuf Rasheed, head of Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan
Gul Rahman Ahmadzai, member of Ghani’s team
Jan Mohammad Khalid, member of Abdullah’s team