Major Candidates Boycott Vote Recounting Process

(Last Updated On: November 11, 2019)

On Saturday, Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC), officially launched the recounting process for votes that have been deemed ‘suspicious.’

However, electoral campaigns of Abdullah Abdullah, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, and Rahmatullah Nabil have boycotted the recount process.

IEC Chief Secretariat, Habib-Ul-Rahman Nang, told Ariana News that the commission is fully prepared to filter fraudulent votes, during the recounting process.

Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah’s Stability and Convergence Electoral Team said, in a statement, that the team has asked all of its observers not to attend the vote recounting process in all provinces, in order to defend the people’s clean votes.

According to Abdullah’s campaign, more than 137,000 votes had possibly been registered six days after the Election Day. In addition, more than 100,000 votes were recorded outside the voting time and 70,000 votes didn’t meet photo criteria.

Hamayoun Jarir, a senior member of the Peace and Islamic Justice Team led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, said that the campaign prefers the invalidation of fraudulent votes before the start of  the recount process.

Matiullah Ibrahimkhail, a member of Security and Justice Team led by Rahmatullah Nabil, said the recounting process is in favor of a specific electoral team, so they have boycotted the process.

President Ghani’s State-Builder team says it support the recount process.

Despite the Taliban’s repeated threats, the Afghan Presidential Election was held on September 28, 2019. The Election Commission has not announced the election’s preliminary results.

The preliminary result was scheduled to be announced on October 19 but it didn’t happened due to technical problems with vote transferring.

Recently, IEC officially announced November 14 as the new date for preliminary results.

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