"Atiborra bien al borrego y envíamelo de vuelta a Kabul". Ésta era la frase clave que Ziaulhaq Amarkhil, el segundo jefe de la Comisión Independiente Electoral -organizadora de las votaciones en Afganistán-, hacía servir supuestamente para ordenar a sus empleados que llenaran las urnas con votos falsos en la segunda vuelta de las presidenciales en Afganistán.
Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) officials from southern Kandahar province said on Sunday that votes from 17 polling sites have been separated out of the vote counting process for further review after suspicions of fraud arose from complaints filed by presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah. Election officials of nearby Helmand province have said votes from 13 sites have been isolated.
The Independent Election Commission's (IEC) Secretariat Chief, Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhail, announced his resignation on live television Monday afternoon.
The announcement came just a day after presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah released phone recordings of conversations allegedly between Amarkhail and members of the campaign team of his opponent, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. The recordings suggest a broad plot to conduct fraud during the runoff election, however, the identities of the voices on them have yet to be confirmed.
Kunduz provincial Electoral Complaints Commission (IEC) office head, Sebghatullah Wafaye, announced his resignation from his post on Sunday afternoon because of supposed interference by the central ECC office.
Wafaye said that the ECC employees sent confidential information to both the electoral commissions’ provincial offices and headquarters.
La Misión de Asistencia de las Naciones Unidas en Afganistán (UNAMA) ha declinado supervisar el recuento de votos de la segunda vuelta de las elecciones presidenciales que se celebraron en Afganistán el 14 de junio.
Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah declaration on boycotting relations with the Independent Election Commission (IEC) raised reactions from the international community including the United Nations (UN), United States and Britain.
“Election commissions must show highest level of transparency and trustee and must address concerns of candidates,” Nazifullah Salarzay, spokesman for the United Nations Office in Afghanistan, said. “Efforts must be made to ensure that legit votes are counted and illegitimate votes are avoided, those instances will follow our complete support.”
The Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) shared its findings about the elections with media on Thursday at a press conference.
TEFA reported that the runoff turnout was no more than six million, a figure much lower than the first round. The report also indicated that the runoff witnessed more challenges, riggings and violations compared to the first round.
Some of the issues highlighted in the report are as followed:
1. Stuffed ballot boxes in 218 centers in 16 provinces
2. Voting without using ink in 18 centers in 7 provinces
Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah reiterated that his demands made on Wednesday are definite, stating that it is in line with the country’s law, on Thursday at a brief press conference in Kabul.
He asserted that the legitimacy of the election process is under question because the Independent Election Commission’s (IEC) Secretariat Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhail has not been suspended. He added that on the day of elections, the police had caught Amarkhail with ballots and without police escorts, but the investigation of this case has not been followed.
Afghanistan's leading election monitoring groups on Wednesday spoke on the recent statements made by presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, including his allegations of fraud against the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and its Secretariat Chief, Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhail.
Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday announced at a press conference in Kabul that he has cut off ties with the election commissions and pulled his observers. He claimed President Hamid Karzai has not been neutral in the election process and demanded a freeze on vote counting.
Ahmad Zia Massoud, brother of Ahmad Shah Massoud and a member of Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai's campaign team, came out on Wednesday and urged for restraint in the election process moving forward
The Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) on Tuesday released its first report regarding the presidential elections.
”FEFA has noted more than 6,651 cases of violations on the Election Day," FEFA Head Nadir Naderi said.
According to the report, 396 polling centers faced a delayed opening, 368 witnessed shortage of ballot papers, 344 were closed later than scheduled, and 269 had problems with the quality of the ink. Moreover, there were campaign posters within 100 meters of 246 centers, despite the restrictions placed by the election law.
The Lawyers Union of Afghanistan called on the presidential candidates to avoid making their way to the presidential palace through fraudulent votes on Tuesday at press conference.
Lawyers of the union said that the Independent Election Commission (IEC) violated not only the election law, but the constitution of Afghanistan in many areas of the election process in both rounds of elections.
Speaking at a press conference in Kabul on Tuesday, Independent Election Commission (IEC) spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor said results sheets from 11 provinces have safely arrived at the commission's central office in the capital and the voting counting process is expected to start next Monday.
Results from Kabul, Panjshir, Parwan, Kapisa, Logar, Baghlan, Paktia, Kunar, Nangarhar, Laghman and Wardak provinces have been logged at the IEC's headquarters.
Election observers from the European Union (EU) and the Free and Fair Elections Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) held a joint press conference in Kabul on Monday where they released their preliminary reports on fraud in the presidential runoff election.
While the EU delegation reported no fraud from the sites its monitors were located at on Saturday, the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA), one of the country's largest monitoring groups, said its observers documented a large amount of fraud across various regions.
Despite the Independent Election Commission’s (IEC) emphasis on its employees being the subject of fewer complaints in the second round than they were in the first, according to the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) on Monday, election employees are the main focus of the complaints it has so far received.
Speaking at a press conference in Kabul on Monday, Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani, the Chairman of the Independent Elections Commission (IEC), rejected allegations that Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhail, the IEC Chief Electoral Officer, was involved in fraud during Saturday's runoff.
Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah delivered an impassioned, game-changing speech at a press conference in Kabul late Sunday night. Abdullah said he would not accept the results of Saturday's election unless the Independent Election Commission's (IEC) Chief Electoral Officer, Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhail, is suspended and a full investigation into his possible involvment in electoral fraud is conducted.
Officials from the Ministry of Interior (MoI) and Ministry of Defense (MoD) have highlighted their success in preventing militants from disrupting this year's election process following Saturday's presidential runoff vote.
The second round election, much like the first round in April, proceeded without any major issues related to insurgent violence as millions of voters around the country were able to cast their ballots for the country's next president.