To honorable members of the IEC, journalists and our media partners that have always been with the IEC and people of Afghanistan!
1. Current activities of the IEC: recount and audit in provinces:
The IEC is working on tallying of preliminary results of the September 28th, 2019 elections. Separating clean votes from fake votes is one of the most important stages of tallying of preliminary results process. Thus, the IEC has referred those polling stations that had problems based on law, regulations and procedures for a recount and audit so that the real votes of people that are a trusted to us are separated and invalidated from fake votes.
2. The number of provinces where recount and audit started, started and then stopped, or not started at all
For the last two weeks, the Commission has made necessary preparations for better implementation of the recount and audit process in 34 provinces. Staff were trained properly, equipment and materials were supplied to 34 provinces, information was shared with all the stakeholders on time, candidates’ monitors and observers in the capital and provinces were provided properly instructed, and for further assurance, technical teams from the HQ were deployed to all the provinces.
Since November 9 and until today, the audit and recount process started in 20 provinces, out of which 2 provinces of Badghis and …. have been completed and ongoing normally in 12 provinces. However, in 14 provinces, as reported by provincial offices of the Commission, the Stability and Convergence Team has prevented the audit and recount process from starting.
3. Clarification on open, close PS and reconciliation of data of the two tally centers, the number of PS without any problems, and the number of problematic PS
To ensure transparency and distinguish white votes from black votes, the Commission reconciled all the data of the NTC with the DAVE Center and then with the biometric data of voters that was analyzed by Dermalog. Out of the 29,586 stations that were planned for the E Day, 26,566 were open and 3,006 were closed. A total of 25,560 PS the result forms arrived at the NTC and 24,177 at the DAVE Center. A total of 1,924,566 biometric identities were identified by Dermalog. As a result of comparison of these data according to the regulations and procedures, the data related to 18,081 PS was found to be normal from all perspectives and a total of 8,255 PS had problems according to regulations and procedures. The Commission, with full precision and in compliance with the legislative provisions, made Decision No.104, 105 and …. to distinguish valid votes from invalid ones.
4. Audit and recount of 2,423 PS that lack biometric data
For further assurance of the people of Afghanistan and all stakeholders, once again we reiterate that only votes back by biometrics are considered valid according to the regulations and procedures. Some of electoral teams have express their serious concerns about validating non-biometric votes. We recognize their concerns and ask them to pay deep attention to the decisions of the Commission especially on the 2,423 polling stations that were referred to audit and recount through Decision No.105. According to the provisions of article 86 of the Election Law ad article 9 of the Tallying Regulation and paragraph (11) of article 9 of the Audit, Recount and Invalidation Regulation is considered a whole and to invalidate votes that lack biometric data, there need to be other evidences and proofs. The investigation, audit and recount of votes will provide enough proofs to the Commission for decision making. As such, unless the audit and recount of votes are ended and every station discussed and decided upon by the Commission, it is early to judge about their validation or invalidation. Once we receive the reports of audit and recount on these cases, we will decide according to the law, regulations and procedures on their validation or invalidation and will announce our decision to the people of Afghanistan and candidates when the time comes.
5. IEC’s decision regarding electoral criminals and violators
The Commission has decided to refer all individuals and staff who committed electoral crime and/or infringement and violation to the Electoral Complaints Commission. The investigations and inquiries of the IEC’s executive branch are being completed. Once completed, all these individuals will be officially introduced to the relevant authority.
6. Regarding 137,000 votes
7. Regarding 102,000 votes/cast beyond voting time
8. Reasons for postponing preliminary results from October 19, and the likelihood of delaying it beyond November 14.
The IEC has always done its level best to observe the electoral calendar. However, unfortunately several factors resulted the preliminary results not to be announced on the specified date. The problems of network coverage on E-Day, non-transmission of biometric data from devices within the specified time, expiration of Dermalog Server’s certificate, protests and closing of venue of the work by certain candidate agents, late arrival of aggregated/analyzed data from Dermalog etc. have led to the postponement of preliminary results. We are still concerned about another delay due to the closing of some provincial offices of the IEC by certain candidate offices which may cause the results not announced on November 14.
9. About Dermalog:
It is worth mentioning that with respect to breach of contract terms by Dermalog which affected the preliminary results announcement, a decision will be taken according to the effective laws of the country together with the relevant stakeholders.
10. IEC’s demand from candidates, stakeholders, international community and people of Afghanistan to support and cooperate IEC based on the law and regulations.