12000 biometric devices result in sheets out of nearly 30,000 devices shave been transferred to the election commission database, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Tuesday.
Recently, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has called on the Afghan electoral organizations to furnish results 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.
On asking UNAMA’s concerns about the transparency of results, 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.”
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.
“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.
Nabil claimed that $175 million have been spent by one election team during its campaign, most likely referring to President Ghani’s election campaign team.
Nabil criticized the National Statistics Organization for dropping the names of 27,000 voters.
“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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