Abdullah’s supporters expand election protests to northern provinces
Supporters of the presidential candidate, Abdullah Abdullah, who is the incumbent chief executive, expanded their election related protests to the northern Faryab and Takhar provinces.
Talking to Kabul Now,
spokesperson for the provincial police chief, Khalil Asir, said that the
protest was held peacefully. According to the local official, the protesters started
marching downtown with full security measures in place to ensure safety of the
He added that there was not reported
any security incident since the beginning of the protest.
Moreover, a number of supporters
of the stability and partnership ticket led by Abdullah also protested against
what they describe as “vote manipulation” in the northern Faryab Province.
According to Jawid Bidar, who is
spokesperson for the provincial governor, the protest was kicked off from the
area where the IEC’s provincial office is located in and continued with no
Abdullah’s supporters also took
to the streets yesterday, December 01, in the northern Baghlan province where
supporters of the “state builder” ticket led by the incumbent President Ghani
had protested previously, on November 30, in support of the IEC’s decisions
The protests have expanded to
provinces after thousands of Abdullah’s supporters took to the streets in Kabul
on Friday, November 29, against what they described as “widespread and
systematic fraud” in 2019 Afghan presidential elections.
The protesters demand for invalidating
around 300,000 “non-biometrically verified votes” and “votes cast beyond the
voting time limit” on the Election Day, September 28, 2019.
The IEC has been reiterating on
conducting the recount process before invalidating unclean votes while Abdullah’s
ticket is stressing on invalidating the 300,000 controversial votes before the
recount and audit process. Of the 300,000 controversial votes, the IEC has only
included 13,949 votes in the recount and audit process which means majority of
the disputed votes are valid for the commission.
Executive director of the Free
and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan, Yousuf Rasheed, also pronounce the IEC’s
decision as contradictory to the election law and IEC’s own procedures.
The IEC, however, reiterated a day after Kabul protests, on
November 30, that they will not invalidate votes before completion of the
recount and audit process.
Talking to Kabul Now, Assadullah Saadati, running mate of
Abdullah for second vice president, argued that including the 300,000 votes in
the recounting process would increase vote share of Ghani’s state builder
He further went on to warn that the stability and
partnership ticket would go beyond the protests, if the IEC continued to “manipulate”
votes. “We do not accept the government coming out of vote rigging,” Saadati
On the other hand, a council of Afghanistan presidential
candidates proposed creating a national coalition government in a statement
issued today, December 02, in Kabul. They further argued that the leaders of
the incumbent government have failed in managing the peace and election
President Ghani’s spokesperson, Sediqi Sediqi, however,
rejected the proposal as in contradiction to the country’s Constitution. “The
Afghan people do not deserve empty proposals,” he wrote on his official twitter
account today, December 02.