The Independent Election Commission (IEC) is set to convene a meeting with the campaign teams, as well as other electoral bodies, on Sunday to discuss the challenges facing the announcement of the presidential elections results.
Humayoun Jariri, a spokesman for presidential candidate Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, described the planned meeting as “symbolic,” and said Hekmatyar’s team will not be attending the meeting, which, he said, “will be held behind closed doors.”
“This meeting will be very symbolic and general, so we are not taking part in it,” said Jariri.
Also, members of the Stability and Convergence campaign, which is headed by the presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, suggested that the meeting should be open to the media instead of being held behind the closed doors.
“Today’s discussions were held on the issue of live broadcasts and about those who will take part in it. I know, unfortunately, the commission does not have a legal defense and it is escaping from its actions,” said Noor Rahman Akhlaqi, a member of Abdullah’s team.
“The State Building team will attend the meeting and share its views,” said Abdul Qader Hotkhel, member of Ashraf Ghani’s State Building team.
The meeting will be attended by 70 people representing the election campaigns, IEC’s electoral partners and civil society institutions.
“Media will be present and the meeting will be held in their presence,” said Awrangzeb, a member of the IEC.
It is believed that one of the main topics at the meeting will be the issue of 137,000 disputed votes.
Candidate Rahmatullah Nabil called on the election campaign to provide clarification about these 137,000 votes.
“These 18,000 devices were used by the Central Statistics Office for two months. I hereby offer two copies of IDs issued through these devices. According to the sources in the CSO. the source of these 137,630 disputed votes are these devices that were not cleared during the handover,” Nabil twitted.
But some have said that the electoral campaigns have not raised the issues in the right way:
“The point is that if they have objections, they should offer them based on the law and the procedures in a clear way,” said Yousuf Rashid, head of the Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan.