The missing registers each contain the names of 600 registered voters and have either been stolen or have been seized by armed opponents.
60 Voter Registers Go Missing: IEC
Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials said on Sunday that about 60 voter register books have gone missing in six provinces.
This came a day after political parties displayed thousands of fake IDs and books of stickers for voter cards.
In response to the expose, the IEC held a press conference on Sunday and officials said that the registers, that have disappeared – each containing the names of 600 registered voters - have either been stolen by thieves or seized by armed opponents.
Officials said a number of registers had been burned in Ghazni, Paktia, Nangarhar and Takhar provinces. In addition, the IEC has reportedly removed 25 questionable registers from their data base.
On Saturday the Grand National Coalition of Afghanistan displayed thousands of fake national identity cards and voter stickers at an event in Kabul, saying issues such as this will pave the way for widespread fraud in the elections.
Photos of government officials, influential figures and MPs were used on the fake identity cards. A photo of Jabbar Qahraman, an MP and analyst, was used for five ID cards with stickers on them.
Members of the coalition said some employees of the Independent Election Commission have helped them collect the fake identity cards.
But IEC chief Abdul Badi Sayyad said in response to the move that by displaying all the fake IDs, the coalition is trying to sabotage Afghanistan’s upcoming elections.
“We call on the Grand National Coalition of Afghanistan and any political party to share their reports, such violations, with the election commission,” said IEC cheif Abdul Badi Sayyad
The IEC further stated that it is the job of Afghanistan's Central Civil Registration Authority (ACCRA) to identity fake ID cards and not the job of the IEC.
“Afghanistan's Central Civil Registration Authority has the responsibility to determine the authenticity of the IDs,” said IEC commissioner Sayed Hafiz Hashemi.
But ACCRA officials have said that they were fully aware of the fake ID cards and have sent a letter to the Ministry of Interior (MoI) to probe the case and arrest the individuals who are involved in the forgery.
“ACCRA has asked the Ministry of Interior and other intelligence agencies to investigate the fake Tazkeras collected by politicians,” said ACCRA spokesman Rohollah Ahmadzai.
He said that ACCRA has also called on the Grand National Coalition to provide information on the Tazkeras to the people and to the Central Civil Registration Authority of Afghanistan.
“"No Afghan citizen can vote with a fake Tazkera or use multiple Tazkeras. Any Tazkera which is not registered with ACCRA is invalid. To ensure transparency, all distributed Tazkeras since 1353 (1975) will be entered in to the database. Of the 5 million newly distributed Tazkeras, 3 million have been entered in the database and the remaining 2 million will be entered soon. This process will be completed soon,” added Ahmadzai.
The IEC has said that the preliminary list of voters will be finalized by the end of the Persian month of Sunbola (in less than 20 days) once the process of entering details into the database is completed.
According to the election commission, more than nine million people have registered to vote in the upcoming parliamentary elections in the country.