Amid reports on large-scale fraud and irregularities in October 20 parliamentary elections, some electoral monitoring organizations on Sunday said Afghanistan’s Constitution and the election law have been “severely” violated in the polls.
They called on the country’s judicial institutions to take action against those who have committed fraud and have violated the law.
“The Constitution has been violated by those are responsible and those who are decision makers,” said Yusuf Rasheed, CEO of Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan. “Our assessment and the assessment of our colleagues from the elections show that election law has been violated 22 times.”
Meanwhile, Mohammad Hedayat, an advisor to the Second Vice President, said the Afghan government has stressed that there is a need for systematic reforms in the election commissions.
“There is a need for reforms in election commissions as far as there were problems during the previous elections. So far, government has not decided on nature of the reforms,” said Hedayat.
Meanwhile, officials from the Independent Election Commission (IEC) have said that the election commission will soon bring reforms.
“Systematic reforms will be implemented both in the technical level and in the secretariat level including in the staff level and you will not note this in the coming days,” said IEC spokesman Hafizullah Hashemi.