870 A-category complaints may affect poll results

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Complaint Commission (IECC) on Sunday said 870 recorded complaints falling in (A) category could impact overall results of the April, 5 presidential and provincial council polls, an official said.

Addressing a press conference in Kabul, the IECC spokesman Nadir Muhsini said so far 3,274 complaints had been registered across the country, with 1,892 of them were supported by documents.

Under the commission’s procedure, 870 complaints supported by documents were falling in A- category, which could affect overall results of the ballot.

Of them, 338 complaints were against presidential runners, 537 against provincial council contenders and 1,017 against the employees of the Independent Election Commission (IEC).

“Complaints of corruption have been reported in the polls but not that much such as in 2009 ballot based on the figures provided by Afghan and foreign observers,” Mohsini added.

Common people and observers could closely monitor the process and access to complaints in all the provinces, he said.

As the IECC was committed to ensure transparency, the international monitoring institutions should not exceed the performance of the commission.

During a meeting today, they urged the IEC officials to share the list of ballot boxes with them that had been quarantined, invalidated or found suspicious.