The IEC has said the allegations will be investigated as it is against the law to transfer election material between centers.
Leaked Documents Show IEC Records Moved ‘Illegally’
Documents seen by TOLOnews indicate that records from voter registration centers in the province have been transferred illegally to the provincial head office.
Based on the procedures of the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC), and the election law, the transfer of election material from one voter registration center to another is prohibited.
The documents seen by TOLOnews also reveal that one person has signed in the place of several others.
When asked for comment, the IEC acknowledged that the transfer of records from one office to another was against the law. They said the commission will investigate the report.
Residents have also claimed that other unlawful activities are being carried out around elections in the province.
“We have evidence from various areas that in Aryoub district, IEC employees pasted stickers on ID cards at night in support of lawmakers. This illegal activity continues, and employees of the election commission have a direct role in these schemes,” said Jamaluddin Asifkhail, a resident from Paktia.
The head of the IEC secretariat Sayed Hafiz Hashemi meanwhile said that the no officials are allowed to move election material or records from one center to another.
“A claim has been made, we also recorded similar claims from other provinces, but these claims so far have not been documented; the commission will take action in case there are such issues,” said Hashemi
But election watchdogs and observers have said they have noted that election materials are also being transferred to unknown locations.
“We have had some reports about fraud and attempts at committing fraud including the use of influence and registration in the absence (of a person),” said Yousuf Rashid, FEFA chief.
This comes after CEO Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday called for transparent and fair elections in the country, and said all work by the IEC will impact future generations.
Speaking at an event in Kabul on women’s role in the election process, Abdullah said the outcome of the previous elections was still being felt and was painful for society. He said that the people’s rights should be maintained in the upcoming elections.
According to Abdullah the war in the country is against groups that do not believe in elections.
He said these groups would benefit from elections that are not transparent and that the insurgents would only strengthen their activities on the back of a lack of public confidence in the process.
Abdullah also said that both men and women need to cast their votes equally, and without this peace would not be possible in the country.
Speaking at the same event, the Independent Election Commission’s (IEC) Chairman Abdul Badi Sayyad gave his word that the upcoming elections would be transparent.
However, Sayyad said that in addition to the enemies of the country, other powerful figures were trying to derail the election process.
On Sunday, the IEC said that over nine million Afghans across the country so far have registered to vote in the upcoming elections.