Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, June 18, 2014. Afghan leading presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday accused the election commission of involvement in fraud and demanded its suspension. (Xinhua/Ahmad Massoud)
KABUL, June 18 (Xinhua) -- Afghan leading presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday accused the country's election commission of involvement in fraud and suspended engagement with the body.
"In many polling stations the ballot boxes had been filled in the absence of our observers, in some places our observers had not been allowed to monitor and many more cases of irregularities have been detected and documented. We have lost the trust to the election commission and that is why I am demanding its suspension and suspended engagement with it," Abdullah told a press conference here.
He made the demand amid reported widespread irregularities during the presidential runoff held on June 14.
According to media reports, the employees of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) including Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhil, the chief of the election commission secretariat had also committed fraud during the runoff election process.
"Vote counting should be stopped immediately," Abdullah said, adding, "If the election commission continues the process of vote counting it has no legitimacy for me as a winner candidate in both the rounds."
Abdullah also demanded the suspension of Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhil over his alleged involvement in fraud. However, Amarkhil has already rejected the allegation as baseless.
The leading candidate Abdullah who had secured 45 percent out of some 7 million votes in April presidential elections against his rival Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai who garnered 31.6 percent in the first round of the polls, is claiming he is the winner in the June 14 runoff polls if there is transparency.
"The people of Afghanistan have lost their trust to the election commission and concerned bodies," Abdullah said emotionally.
He also doubted the participation of more than 7 million people in the June 14 runoff as claimed by the election commission, saying the number of 7 million given by the election commission is artificial figure.
More than 270 people including 41 civilians had been killed on the runoff day across the country while a dozen others had their fingers chopped off by militants as punishment for voting in the presidential runoff.
Abdullah also called upon the monitors of his team to stop their duties of monitoring in the provinces and come to the central office in Kabul.
"We have no more trust to the election commission and the election complaints commission," Abdullah announced.
The election commission has yet to announce its reaction.
KABUL, June 13 (Xinhua) -- As millions of Afghans are going to exercise their right of suffrage in the Afghan presidential runoff on Saturday, the government has put all security measures in place to ensure security for the second balloting.
In Kabul and other big cities, personnel of law enforcing agencies have been put on high alert to deal with any possible Taliban attacks. Full Story