• publish: 2 October 2019
  • time: 8:30 am
  • category: Politics
  • No: 10659

The result sheets from 12,000 biometric devices have been transferred to the EC database

The biometric devices are supposed to be swiftly relocated to the IEC data center at the end of voting.

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday said that so far the result sheets from 12,000 biometric devices–out of nearly 30,000–have been transferred from the devices to the election commission database.

The biometric devices are supposed to be swiftly relocated to the IEC data center at the end of voting.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has called on the Afghan electoral organizations to accomplish their duties with transparency and with full impartiality.

“First of all I would like to congratulate the Afghan people for coming out and voting in this very important election…Afghan people who have come out and voted in spite of very difficult circumstances including security is really to be commended,” said The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto while visiting the IEC headquarter in Kabul.

Asked if UNAMA is concerned about the transparency of the process, Yamamoto said: “We have to be ready to meet all these challenges, of course we can’t foresee the challenges, I think … in any election there are challenges.”

As controversy over the biometric and non-biometric votes gathers momentum, presidential candidate Rahmatullah Nabil at a press conference on Tuesday said he knows of widespread fraud by two specific teams and there is a need for a second round to ensure a legitimate winner and a substantial voter turnout.

Nabil claimed that one election campaign team has spent $175 million during their campaign, most likely referring to President Ghani’s election campaign team. 

Nabil also criticized the National Statistics Organization for dropping the names of 27,000 voters.

“Over 29,000 biometric devices were distributed in Afghanistan, but only 5,000 of them have arrived to the center; from 11 million ballot papers, only two million were used. Where are these biometric devices and ballot papers now?” asked presidential candidate Rahmatullah Nabil.

“During the previous elections, the election commission itself assessed over 40,000 voters, but the remaining list was given to the central statistics organization–you know it is a state-run organization–in areas where the ruling team did not have the votes, they created the voter list issue there,” added Nabil.

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