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Failing Kabul Candidates Hand Fraud Evidence to IEC

Failing Kabul Candidates Hand Fraud Evidence to IEC

KABUL - Some failing Wolesi Jirga candidates on Saturday demanded invalidation of all votes cast in Kabul during the October polls and shared ten types of rigging documents with the electoral commissions.
They warned if their demands were not addressed, the election bodies would be responsible for future consequences.
The Wolesi Jirga elections were held on October 20 and 21 in 32 provinces of the country and a week later in southern Kandahar province.
Addressing reporters here, the Kabul Candidates Union termed the October 20, 2018 Wolesi Jirga polls as rigged and fraudulent and demanded trial of individuals who committed the fraud.
The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has so far declared final results from all electoral constituencies expect Kabul.
The unsuccessful Wolesi Jirga election candidates have shared voter lists in which changes had been made with the electoral bodies.
They also showed some lists in which two pens had been used and result sheets were edited and some lacked the commission’s stamp.
The protesting candidates shared these documents as proof of rigging with the  electoral commissions today (Saturday) and urged the IEC to address their demands.
Naqibullah Hashimi, a protesting Wolesi Jirga candidate who read out the warning letter, said huge fraud and rigging had taken place in the Wolesi Jirga elections and they demanded justice.
In the warning letter, the candidates accused the second vice president of violating the law and said the Kabul elections were not acceptable to them.
Rajab Ali Andishmand, a protesting candidate, told media persons that of 2,447 polling centers, votes from 894 centers were missing and votes at 150 stations had been repeatedly listed at the database and votes of another 250 polling stations had been recorded without any acknowledgement.
He said most of Kabul winning candidates paid bribe and adopted illegal means to make it to the Wolesi Jirga.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Qasim Ilyasi, a commissioner and spokesman for Independent Election Complaints Commission (IECC), told Pajhwok over the telephone that the aim of recounting Kabul votes was to further transparency in the election process.
Abdul Aziz Ibahimi, IEC’s deputy spokesman, said whenever the IECC completed its investigation and send result to them, they would announce the final results of Kabul on the same day. (Pajhwok)