Several videos have gone viral on social media which purportedly show the workers of Independent Election Commission stuffing ballot boxes in favor of Ashraf Ghani in Saturday’s presidential elections.
According to reports, the videos were taken in Southern and South-eastern parts of Afghanistan.
Humayoun Humayoun, former Deputy House Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament said massive frauds were committed in Khost province.
Humayoun further added less than 35 thousand people participated in the elections in Khost province but the officials report the number of voters manifold higher.
He also added that the officials including the governor of Khost, provincial police chief, provincial intelligence chief, district chiefs and provincial directors committed systematic fraud in Saturday’s election in Khost.
According to Humayoun, the voting process was not transparent in the cities between 2 pm to 5 pm and ballot boxes were stuffed in favor of Ashraf Ghani in remote districts during the night.
He had earlier warned regarding vote-rigging in 5 districts of Khost province. “Ballot boxes were stuffed during the night time in favor of President Ashraf Ghani in remote districts. They transferred the ballot boxes to district administrative compounds and used 10 finger prints to manipulate the biometrics system.”
Meanwhile, Bismillah Afghanmal, the former member of parliament said massive vote-rigging took place in Kandahar and Zabul provinces as well.
Afghanmal further added that the level of fraud committed in the two provinces is beyond imagination. “I voted in Zarghoona High School and was there until 11:00 am where only 10 people came to vote.”
He also added that he was confident that the voters turnout in Kandahar was not more than 30 thousand people but the figures provided by the officials are shocking, expressing hopes that the election commission would separate fraudulent votes.
Furthermore, Afghanmal said that the majorit of officials in Kandahar and Zabul including governors and district administrative chiefs committed fraud in favor of President Ashraf Ghani in the two provinces. “Ballot boxes were stuffed in the houses of powerful individuals in Arghandab, Panjwai and Spin Boldak districts, in collusion with the election workers and in coordination with the governor and district administrative chiefs.”
In regards to Zabul province, Afghanmal said less than 3 thousand people cast their votes in Zabul where the authorities claim more than 20 thousand people voted.
Accusing President Ghani of fraud, Afghanmal said the communication services were down in Kandahar until late Sunday on instructions of the government in a bid to cut connections in the province.
On the other hand, Hawa Alam Nuristani, the chairperson of the Independent Election Commission said the commission would introduce those election workers to Attorney General’s Office who committed fraud.
Nuristani further added that the commission would introduce the election workers to Attorney General’s Office as per the internal bill and procedures to ascertain how and on whose instructions, they committed fraud.
However, Nuristani said the election commission would only act if credible evidences and documents were available to prove the involvement of the election workers in vote-rigging.
In the meantime, a member of the Stability and Partnership team led by Abdullah Abdullah claimed that Abdullah has secured more than 70 percent of the votes in the central, North-eastern and Western parts of Afghanistan besides securing considerable votes in the South and South-eastern parts.
However, Amrullah Saleh, the running mate of Ashraf Ghani claimed on Sunday that their team has secured the most votes in the election.
Meanwhile, it is expected that the election commission would announce the preliminary vote results within the next 20 days.