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Recounting process of votes to be soon started

By: Lailuma Noori

Afghanistan Independent Election Commission (IEC) has said it is determined to begin recounting process of votes in 34 provinces of the country.
Following report of clean and biometrical votes by Dermalog Company, IEC announced to start recounting process of process in all provinces of Afghanistan.
“Recounting process of votes will be implemented in 34 provinces of the country with close consultation of Electoral Complains Commission (ECC),” said an IEC commissioner Rahima Zarifi.
Zarifi added that visits to the provinces for the process have started.
According to a report provided by Dermalog company the other day, 1.843,000 real votes were cast on September 29 presidential elections.
The company has also reported that 86,000 votes were the invalid votes cast in the election.
IEC officials have said that they would soon share result of their reviews from the report provided by Dermalog Company with the people. On the other hand, ECC has decided to recount votes cast in 1844 polling centers in the country.
But, could the IEC finish with the recounting process within three next days?
Head of Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) Yousuf Rashid by answering the question said if the situation was not managed in a better way and if the weather was not good, IEC could not announce primary results of the election on its exact date.
Dermalog Company, which is the provider of biometrical devices, had previously declared that more than 137,000 votes cast in the September 28 presidential elections have been quarantined in the IEC server. For transparency, recounting process of votes and separation of biometrical votes from non-biometrical votes are important.
Transparency in elections is a key principle and maintaining transparency in all election-related processes is part of the rights of people as they have the right to be aware from transparency of the process and results of the election time by time. This can be possible when their votes are handled with honesty and all processes related to the elections are reviewed with full transparency.
In the meantime, critics and problems existed in the election process should be reviewed based on the election law as no electoral violations and illegal acts in connection with the election process are accepted.
It is worth mentioning that preliminary results from September 28 presidential election had been expected to be reported on October 19 but have been delayed.
The Independent Election Commission vowed to release the preliminary results on Nov 24. With 9.57 million Afghans registered to vote on September 28, estimates indicated that a little more than 1.5 million had gone to the polls.

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