Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Election Bodies Agree on Strategy to Separate Fake Votes

Election Bodies  Agree on Strategy to Separate Fake Votes

KABUL - Votes that missed biometric verification, voter lists or polled without being overseen by observers would be declared invalid, election bodies said on Tuesday.
The Wolesi Jirga elections were held on October 20 and 21 in 32 provinces of the country, except Kandahar and Ghazni provinces.
The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC has so far received around 11,000 complaints regarding alleged rigging and fraud.
Syed Hafeezullah Hashami, spokesman for the Independent Election Commission (IEC), told reporters here that a large number of complaints had been registered about insecurity and rigging and fraud on the Election Day.
He said the election bodies in consultation with political parties, civil society organizations and the people of Afghanistan would act independently to protect and ensure the integrity of the people’s votes.
In order to reach out to the complaints and avoid disorder in future, the two electoral bodies agreed on an eight-point agenda.
IECC spokesman Ali Raza Rohani read out the agreement between the two commissions.
According to the first point, votes that went through biometric process and matched the voter lists would be declared valid.
The second point says voters cast through manual registration under biometric system would be matched with the database and would be declared validated if matched.
According to the third point, ballot boxes of polling stations would be declared trustworthy with approval of the head of the polling station, observers and other staff.
Article third of the agreement says non-biometric votes, without voter list, manually registered without observers and election staff would be invalidated.
The fifth point says the election commissions would arrange joint meetings to take joint decisions and define the conduct of work proceedings. (Pajhwok)