A number of female protesting candidates from 11 provinces on Tuesday held protest in front of the Presidential Palace, wearing shroud.
They called on President Ashraf Ghani to secure justice on the results of parliamentary elections.
The candidates accused officials, especially President Ghani, of being negligent in addressing their requests, adding that they will not end their protest unless a special commission assesses their evidence and documents about electoral fraud in their provinces.
The candidates said it is nearly 50 days that they are observing sit-in protest in reaction to what they described electoral fraud that have caused them not to be able to make their way to the parliament.
The candidates said they got enough votes, but other candidates appeared instead of them in the final list.
“Those candidates whose names appeared in the preliminary results list but fraud removed their names from the final list. We will continue our protest here until justice is served,” said Hila Mujtaba, a protesting candidate from Paktika.
“Today, we wore shroud and went to the Presidential Palace’s doors to tell them that if you really respect your religious values, then you should address our problems. It is about 50 days that we are in the sit-in protest, we were here in Ramadan and as today marks Eid, we have not gone to our homes,” said Farzana Farahmand, a protesting candidate from Baghlan.
The candidates said although they have sent their documents about electoral fraud to President Ghani, the Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, the Attorney General's Office and other departments, so far, no one has come to them to hear their demands and address their problems.
“Everyone of us have documents, but it is 50 days that no one has come to hear our voice,” said Hadia Ahmadi, a protesting candidate.
“we wore shroud for justice and will call for justice until we are alive,” said Najiba Fayez Helmandi, a protesting candidate from Helmand.