By: Suraya Raiszada
Following announcement of the Sep 28 Presidential Election’s preliminary results, Afghanistan Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) says thousands of complaints have been filed by contestant teams so far and it is the Electoral Complaints Commission which will review all the complaints with full transparency.
According to ECC officials, nearly 4,000 complaints have been filed by stability and convergence team led by Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, but the commission is stressing that the complaints should be recorded with all necessary evidence and documents.
“The process for filing complaints by candidates will continue for three days and ECC is making effort to address complaints with full transparency,” said Deen Mohammad Azimi, deputy to Electoral Complaints Commission.
According to the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC), over 7,000 complaints have been filed over the past three days from campaign teams following the announcement of the preliminary election results on Sunday.
Mainly three campaign teams—State Builder led by Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Stability and Convergence led by Abdullah Abdullah and Islamic Security and Justice led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar – have lodged complaints with the IECC offices in Kabul and other provinces.
“There might be some changes in the results. Either it will go up or down if we get between 7,000 – 8,000 complaints,” Azimi added.
Meanwhile, electoral watchdog agencies have asked IECC to complete its works in accordance to legal period and timely report them to the people of Afghanistan.
“Afghanistan Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) is tasked to keep its impartiality and maintain justice and do its work in accordance to the electoral law and regulation,” said Yousuf Rashid, chief executive of the Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA).
He stressed that addressing complaints required transparent steps and timely reporting to the people in partnership with all sides to the election, asking presidential candidates not to interfere in work of the complaints commission; instead, they should cooperate with the commission in delivering evidence and monitor the process. On Sunday, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced the preliminary results of election and Ashraf Ghani secured majority votes. Following the announcement, Independent Electoral Complaints Commission in a statement announced its preparations for addressing all the electoral complaints about the preliminary results of the presidential election.
Meanwhile, IECC emphasized that the announced results are preliminary and people should avoid any prejudgment in this regard.
According to officials of ECC, the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission will address the complaints between 37 to 39 working days.
It is worth mentioning that the complaints registration ended Wednesday and the commission has informed of all preparations for addressing the complaints with full transparency.