Speaking at a press conference
on Wednesday, October 16, Mawlawi Din Mohammad Azimi, deputy head of the
Independent Electoral Complaint Commission (IECC), said the IECC have reviewed
4,500 cases of election complaints that were filed to the IECC for
investigation. He underlined the deadline for review of electoral complaints
The statement came while the
country’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) today, Thursday, October 17,
reportedly put back announcement date of preliminary election result. The IEC
said the preliminary election result—which was scheduled to be announced on October
19—will be announced on October 26, 2019.
Mr. Azimi said after assessment
of complaints the IECC canceled votes cast in 77 polling centers.
According to Mohammad Qassim Elyasi, spokesperson for the IECC, the complaint commission have 37 working days to assess the complaints registered with provincial and central offices of the IECC. He added that the IECC’s provincial offices have assessed nearly 4,528 cases of electoral complaint.
But Azimi noted that they have
assessed over 4,362 complaints and 166 complaint cases are still under
assessment by provincial offices of the IECC.
He said evaluation of 1,780 complaint cases were rejected as there were not enough evidences to support assessments. He added that as many as ‘179 exceptional complaints’ were registered with the provincial offices. The exceptional complaints should be assessed by the central office of the IECC in Kabul, according to Azimi.
He highlighted that 907
complaint cases were referred to judicial institutions for further
The Independent Election
Complaint Commission announced that it has fired eight personnel and fined 54
other staffs over substantiated charges of violation of the election law.
Qutbuddin Roydar, a commissioner on the IECC says most complaints have registered in Kabul, Herat, Nangarhar, Balkh, and Kandahar provinces. But reports by Afghanistan Analyst Network (AAN) suggest a low turnout and pervasive election fraud in Zabul province.
On the other hand, a group of political parties issued a statement today, October 17, asking the Independent Election Commission to count those non-bio-metrically verified votes that have voting sticker and are registered in data center of the commission.
The statement is made while IEC authorities have repeatedly said that the IEC only counts bio-metrically verified votes.
Afghanistan held its fourth
presidential election on September 28 in which 13 candidates, including the incumbent
president Ashraf Ghani and his chief executive Abdullah Abdullah contested.
According to an estimated
figure released by the IEC, 2,695,890 Afghans turned out on the Election Day to
elect a new president.