The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) on Monday said that details of over seven million voters have been entered into the IEC database.
IEC chief Abdul Badi Sayyad meanwhile reported that sensitive election material has arrived in the country, adding that the material will be dispatched to 5,100 polling stations across the country.
“The sensitive election material consists of election ink, training booklets for employees and the booths where voters will cast their votes,” said IEC chief Sayyad.
The IEC initially decided to announce the final voter list on 15 October. But the election commission has now decided to announce the voter list in a phased process.
Meanwhile, political parties and political movements have reiterated the call for the use of a biometric system to be used on election day. They also blasted government for not finalizing the joint committee recently pledged by President Ashraf Ghani.
In addition however, political parties have warned they will embark on civil action from Saturday over what they claim is government’s failure to ensure transparency in the upcoming elections.
“Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan will not boycott the elections at any cost, we are supporting timely elections and press for the common demand of the political parties,” said Humayoun Jariri, a member of the leadership council of Hizb-e-Islami.
“I swear that over 50 percent of the voters are fake. If the president wants to remain in power for another five years, then the graves of all of us should be dug,” said Mohammad Ismail, member of Jamiat-e-Islami leadership council.
“The commission is not undertaking the biometric system nor is any other body,” said IEC commissioner Sayed Hafiz Hashemi.
The IEC has decided to print more than 9.9 million ballot papers for the parliamentary elections in October.
“Considering the fact that over 9.1 million people have registered to vote, the commission has decided 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.
Based on IEC statistics, just over nine million Afghans have registered to vote across the country.
Government’s political opponents and critics have hit out at the IEC regarding the organization’s claims that nine million Afghans across the country have registered to vote . This came after concerns were raised in the country of widespread ID fraud and ghost voters.
According to the IEC, the commission is in the process of entering the details, of all those who registered, into their database.
Critics however say that as many as five million are in fact ghost voters.
Political parties have called for changes to be brought to the electoral system, the suspension of the voter registration process, rolling out a biometric system for voter registration and declaring each province a single constituency.