Major parties warn over ‘rigged’ polls results

KABUL (TOLO News): Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah – who is a leading candidate after President Ghani, according to preliminary results of presidential elections – said he will not accept the results that are not transparent and are not “legitimate.”

A similar comment was expressed in a statement by presidential candidate Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s office on Monday who warned they would prevent “illegal results” by using “any expected and possible option.”

Also, a statement by Jamiat-e-Islami party – which mostly supports Abdullah’s campaign – reads that “rigging the results of people’s votes” is a type of coup.

Junbish-e-Milli, or the National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan, which is led by First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum, in a statement stressed that the election should not be derailed from its illegal path.

The Independent Election Commission on Monday said it had completed the “special audit” of disputed votes, and that the final results will be announced within the next few days.

“The Stability and Convergence team has made its decision, and it is clear: Only legitimate results are acceptable for us and we will not accept any results that lack legitimacy and transparency,” Abdullah said.

“To prevent such an “illegal” decision, any expected and possible option is on the table and such a result is never acceptable for us,” said Hafiz-Ur-Rahman Naqi, the second deputy head of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s campaign team.

Abdullah’s team on Sunday boycotted the audit of disputed votes.

“The (election) commission has been working ‘one-sided’ from the day when Dermalog handed its report to (the IEC) and it is practically violating rules and regulations,” said Bashir Ahmad Tahyanj, a spokesman for Junbish-e-Milli.

Dermalog – a German firm – provided over 26,000 biometric devices for the Afghan elections and then sent a report to the IEC of the votes registered on the devices.

But a member of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) they have often conducted their activities away from political issues.

“Political issues will not have any impact on the elections as elections are a technical and legal process and we are responsible to continue it,” said Mohammad Haneef Danishyar, an IEC member.

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