More than 16,000 complaints have been filed to Afghan election authorities over the dealing with of this 12 months’s presidential polls, officers mentioned Thursday, days after preliminary outcomes put President Ashraf Ghani in place to safe a second time period.
Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) introduced earlier this week that Ghani had gained a slim 50.64 p.c majority within the September 28 ballot.
The ultimate outcomes are anticipated to be introduced within the coming weeks after the complaints have been reviewed.
“(Officials) have 15 days to finalise its investigation into the complaints and release the results to the candidates,” mentioned Zuhra Bayan Shinwari, head of the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC), including that 16,500 complaints had been acquired in whole.
If the numbers maintain following these investigations, the result’s sufficient for Ghani to keep away from a run-off, after he simply beat his long-time rival Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, who scored 39.52 p.c.
According to Shinwari, Abdullah’s staff filed round 8,000 complaints to the ECC and Ghani handed in over 3,000, whereas the remainder had been submitted by different candidates.
Preliminary outcomes initially due October 19 had been repeatedly delayed for what the IEC mentioned had been technical points. Various candidates, significantly Abdullah, alleged fraud.
Observers and candidates have blasted the IEC over its dealing with of the rely and its repeated disregard of the electoral calendar.
The election was meant to be the cleanest but in Afghanistan’s younger democracy.
A German agency equipped biometric machines to cease folks from voting greater than as soon as.
But allegations of vote stuffing, unlawful balloting and different fraud got here nearly as quickly because the polls had closed.
Nearly a million of the preliminary 2.7 million votes had been purged owing to irregularities, that means the election noticed by far the bottom turnout of any Afghan ballot.
Ultimately, only one.8 million votes had been counted — a tiny quantity given Afghanistan’s estimated inhabitants of 37 million and a complete of 9.6 million registered voters.
Abdullah misplaced to Ghani in 2014 in a divisive election that noticed the US intervene to dealer a clumsy power-sharing deal between the 2 rivals.