ENTIKHABAT 97: Kabul Votes Yet To Be Counted
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.
In this episode, host Massoud Malik discusses the topic with following guests:
Yusuf Rashid, CEO of Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan
Abdul Aziz Ibrahimi, IEC deputy spokesman
Wahida Farzaee, Legal expert
Wahid Hamza, a parliamentary candidate from Kabul