News / Asia

More Than 3,000 Complaints Registered in Afghan Elections

Afghan boys look on a preliminary list taped to the wall of a polling station in Kabul, April 7, 2014. Afghan boys look on a preliminary list taped to the wall of a polling station in Kabul, April 7, 2014.
x
Afghan boys look on a preliminary list taped to the wall of a polling station in Kabul, April 7, 2014.
Afghan boys look on a preliminary list taped to the wall of a polling station in Kabul, April 7, 2014.
Reuters
— Afghan authorities have received more than 3,000 reports of violations from last weekend's presidential election, exceeding the tally following a 2009 vote that was marred by widespread fraud.
 
The three frontrunners have all complained of fraud in the April 5 vote meant to usher in Afghanistan's first democratic transfer of power, as incumbent Hamid Karzai prepares to step down after more than 12 years as head of state.
 
Midnight on Monday was the deadline for reporting fraud and any irregularities, but the final figure is expected to rise as reports flow into Kabul along with ballot boxes from around the country.
 
A final tally could take days to become available, since observers, voters and other parties all had means to lodge complaints at polling stations.
 
“As soon as we get them, it is clear the final number is going to increase,” said Nader Mohseni, spokesman for the Independent Election Complaints Commission.
 
“We cannot ignore the fact that during the elections, there were instances of fraud and electoral violations.”
 
Roughly half of the 3,103 complaints registered so far would be investigated, Mohseni said, because the rest, reported by telephone, had lacked the required supporting evidence.
 
This figure compares to more than 2,000 complaints investigated during the 2009 elections, which were tarnished by fraud that led to more than a million votes being scrapped.
 
Complaints against election commission staff made up 772 of  the 1,573 complaints backed by documents, with another 573 aimed at provincial council candidates, while presidential hopefuls faced 228 complaints.
 
Afghanistan held provincial council elections the same day.
 
World leaders have praised the April 5 vote as a success, because of the strong turnout of voters, estimated at 60 percent of the 12 million eligible, and the failure of the Taliban to stage high-profile attacks on the day.
 
Urban participation was unexpectedly high, but it is unclear to what extent rural voters were deterred by the militant group.
 
There are also fears the Taliban may exploit easing security in the capital and elsewhere to ramp up attacks during the lengthy ballot counting process.
 
Preliminary tallies put former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah in the lead in Kabul, but it could be weeks before a countrywide winner emerges.
 
Expectations are growing that Abdullah will face a runoff with Ashraf Ghani, a former World Bank official with a program of radical economic reform.
 
The former finance minister is expected to do well because of his strong Pashtun power base in the east and popularity in major cities, particularly among young people and women.
 
In the fiercely tribal south, young city-dwellers said they would ignore pressure by elders to vote for one of their own and back Ghani because he presented the best prospects for reform.
 
Adding to his prospects for success, Ghani's running mate, Abdul Rashid Dostum, an ethnic Uzbek former guerrilla leader, holds sway over hundreds of thousands of voters in the north.

You May Like

China Investigates Former Powerful Security Chief

Former security chief and member of Politburo Standing Committee, Zhou Yongkang, under investigation for suspected 'serious disciplinary violation' More

India, US Look to Reset Ties During Kerry Visit

This week's talks will be first high level interaction between two countries since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took charge More

Video Young African Leadership Program Renamed to Honor Mandela

YALI program, launched by President Obama in 2010, aims to build skills in business, entrepreneurship, public management and civic leadership More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spati
X
Reasey Poch
July 28, 2014 7:18 PM
China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video ESA Spacecraft to Land on a Comet

After a long flight through deep space, a European Space Agency probe is finally approaching its target -- a comet millions of kilometers away from earth. Scientists say the mission may lead to some startling discoveries about the origins of the water on earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Africans Arrive in US for Leadership Program

President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative has brought hundreds of young Africans to the United States for a six-week program aimed at building their knowledge and skills in fields such as public administration and business. Out of the 50,000 young Africans who applied for the program, just one percent was accepted. VOA's Laurel Bowman caught up with some of those who made the cut and has this report.
Video

Video In Honduras, Amnesty Rumors Fuel US Migration Surges

False rumors in Central America are fueling the current surge of undocumented young people being apprehended at the U.S. border. The inaccurate claims suggest the U.S. will give amnesty to young migrants from the region. As VOA's Brian Padden reports from Honduras, these rumors trace back to President Obama's 2012 executive order to halt deportations for some young undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid