KABUL (Pajhwok): Election watchdogs on Saturday termed the Independent Election Commission (IEC)’s recent decision of not using technology in the upcoming presidential poll as ‘a government conspiracy.’
In its decision, IEC said the use of technology could not be implemented, despite being stressed in the clause two, article 19 of the Election Law.
Yousuf Rashidi, executive director of the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan(FEFA), termed the IEC decision in violation of the election law.
He said the election bodies enjoyed low support and trust among political parties and the masses and in its latest move would further erode people’s trust and confidence.
Rashidi warned if the IEC went ahead with its decision, the worst experiences of 2014 and 2018 elections would be repeated because corrupt individuals who did not believe in transparent polls would rig the next elections.
Naeem Ayubzada, executive head of Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA), questioned the IEC independence and said the election body relied on government and was not free in decision making.  “This is a government decision, not the IEC decision,” he said.
“We don’t favour full use of technology, but at least the compiling of voters lists should be done in a transparent way,” he said.
He alleged political parties had indirectly agreed to the IEC decision and did not spoke in this regard.
Ayubzada said selection of polling stations and booths would not be viable without preparation of technology-based voter lists.


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