An official from the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday said that the report by security institutions about the closure of 431 polling stations is unrealistic and fake.
The election commission has asked the security institutions to share credible findings about the closure of the polling centers, said Mohammad Abdullah, an IEC commissioner.
The report in question indicates that some of the polling stations that were opened during last October’s parliamentary elections are now closed due to serious security threats.
Abdullah claims that the security organizations have no basis for their findings.
“They [security institutions] have reported that 431 centers are closed, 675 centers are under high level security threats, 907 centers are under medium security threats. But the 431 centers they mentioned, for me who lives in Afghanistan, this figure is not true,” said Abdullah.
He also alleged that people holding positions in the IEC secretariat were illegally hired.
“We have illegal people working in the high-level posts in the secretariat, we have illegal people there, and they have an illegal presence there. There are people who are hired illegally, while those who successfully passed the test are walking in the corridors of the courts,” added Abdullah.
Fareed Ahmad, spokesman for the Independent Administration Reform and Civil Services Commission, spoke about the problems between the IEC commissioners and the IEC secretariat regarding hiring:
“Based on our assessments which we have conducted jointly with the election commission, it shows that there is no common position on the hiring process and there was no agreement between the commissioners of the election commission and the secretariat, and this has prolonged the hiring process.”
Nevertheless, the IEC chairwoman Hawa Alam Nuristani insists that the commission is fully committed to protecting the votes of the Afghan people.
“We have undertaken our work independently, right up to this moment, and we will continue to do so. We have a commitment to the Afghan people to protect their votes,” said Nuristani.
The Afghan presidential elections are scheduled for September 28.
On Sunday, the Ministry of Interior spokesperson stated that over 72,000 security personnel had been deployed to provide security to 49,402 polling booths across the nation.