Election watchdogs and observers claim information included on these cards was incorrect and that some of these IDs might have been distributed to ghost voters.
IEC, ACCRA Set To Assess Recently Distributed IDs
Officials from the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) and Afghanistan's Central Civil Registration Authority (ACCRA) are expected to begin the process of assessing the recently distributed ID cards sometime next week.
ACCRA officials have said that over five million IDs had been distributed to the public in the past seven months, but election watchdogs and observers argue that the information included on these cards was not correct and that perhaps some of these IDs were distributed to ghost voters.
“Central statistics organization and ACCRA in joint cooperation with other institutions should satisfy the people that the IDs rolled out were not fake,” said IEC chief Abdul Badi Sayyad.
“We agreed on some of the procedures, work will begin on them next week,” said Mohtat.
“Some irregularities and shortcomings were witnessed in the campaign, we also dispatched our own delegations to the provinces as part of our internal investigation process and they assessed the process,” said ACCRA chief Humayoun Mohtat.
ACCRA officials however have confirmed some irregularities have been picked up - while security officials reported that they have seized over 1,430 fake ID cards.
“Six cases of forgery detected, thirteen individuals were suspected, 1,430 IDs seized,” said Abdul Jabir Purdeli, deputy minister of interior for administrative affairs.
“If we do not have the cooperation of ACCRA in this matter, the election commission will not be able to offer a transparent list to the people alone,” said Yousuf.
The IEC said over nine million Afghans have registered to vote in the October parliamentary elections but election watchdogs said that their findings show lawbreakers had interfered in the distribution of the IDs and stickers.
Last week IEC announced that it has decided to print more than 9.9 million ballot papers for the elections in October.
“Considering the fact that over 9.1 million people have registered to vote, the commission has decided to print 9.9 million ballot papers for 35 polling stations countrywide,” said Abdul Badi Sayyad, the IEC Chairman, as he addressed a press conference on Tuesday.
Sayyad said the commission has resumed work on data entry of voters details and that it enters 300,000 to 400,000 names on the database a daily basis. He said it has employed 810 people for this task.