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Abdullah terms Afghan election commission performances illegal, newspapers call for respect of people's votes

English.news.cn   2014-06-19 21:52:38

by Haleem

KABUL, June 19 (Xinhua) -- Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday termed the performances of election commissions as illegal, saying the commissions'decisions would be unacceptable.

"Since we have doubt over the impartiality of the election commission and demanded the suspension of the job of Ziaul Haq Omarkhil, chief of election commission secretariat, but our demand has been ignored and that is why today I am announcing that the performances and the decisions of the election commission won't be acceptable for us," Abdullah told a press conference here.

However, he warned that fraudulent elections will take the country towards a crisis and in that case the president and the election commissions would be held responsible.

Abdullah accused the election commission of intentionally siding with his rival Ghani Ahmadzai, saying "I am hopeful that the country won't go towards crisis."

Abdullah who secured 45 percent of some 7 million votes in the first round of April 5 presidential elections against his rival Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, who obtained 31.6 percent of votes in the race, in a similar press conference on Wednesday urged the election commission to immediately stop vote counting.

The election commission, however, overlooked the demand and continued tallying on Thursday.

Afghanistan's presidential runoff took place on June 14 amid Taliban threats and tight security.

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 on Thursday also said that the international community which has been supporting Afghanistan and financed the election process has to take a responsible stance with the election process.

The preliminary results of the runoff polls will be announced on July 2 and the final results to come out on July 22, according to the election commission.

Meanwhile, Afghan newspapers in their editorials on Thursday warned that people not to tolerate discrediting their ballots.

"Now, it is the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the political officials to respect the people's rights and fulfill their responsibilities honestly," the Daily Outlook said in its editorial, warning that they will be held accountable in case of further tension.

Another paper, the Daily Afghanistan, stressed for transparency in the election process.

"The country would move towards crisis if the election commission fails to restore its credibility," the paper warned.

"Both the presidential candidates, the election commissions and those at the helm of affairs should do their best to prevent the country from plunging into crisis," the paper added.


Editor: Luan
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