Complaints commission says agreement has reached a standstill on the timetable for recounting Kabul votes.
Kabul Vote Counting Remains Halted: IECC
The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Monday said the Independent Election Commission of (IEC) has still not provided all the necessary information to the complaints commission (IECC), nor it has agreed on a precise agreement to determine a timetable for recounting of Kabul votes.
But, the IEC meanwhile accused the IECC of making attempts to manipulate the process and take it hostage.
“The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission has clearly said to the election commission, as long as conditions are not met towards maintaining transparency to which they committed , naturally, we will not reconsider our decision,” said IECC spokesman Ali Reza Rouhani
“We expect the electoral complaints commission to put an end to the hostage-taking and stoppage of this national process,” said IEC deputy spokesman Abdul Aziz Ibrahimi,
In the meantime, a coalition of protesting candidates has said the IECC’s provincial officer has also decided to invalidate votes in Maidan Wardak province, but the IECC’s central office has so far not announced this decision.
The IECC’s central office in Kabul has said they are assessing the decision around the invalidation of votes in Maidan Wardak province.
“From the coalition's perspective, the review and invalidation of Kabul votes and the mediation of ARG (Presidential Palace) was political pressure,” said one protesting candidate, Frozan Daudzai.
“My expectation of the two commissions is to sit and choose a procedure and decide on the recounting of Kabul votes,” said Mohammad Farooq Baraki, a candidate.
In addition, residents in the capital Kabul have reacted with dismay to the recent skirmishes between the election management bodies of the country.
“The electoral complaints commission and the election commission do not have independence and they are not valuing the votes of the people,” said Shoaib Rahimi, a resident of Kabul.
“Overall the people are not satisfied with the job of either commission,” said a resident of Kabul, Nazeer Shinwarai.