Lawyers’ forum fault Abdullah remarks

 
KABUL (Pajhwok): The lawyers’ independent union said on Tuesday nobody reserved the right to accuse anyone of a wrongdoing in the absence of incriminating evidence.
“Without investigation and documentary proofs, we should not create doubts about the national (runoff election) process,” a representative of the union said about presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah’s remarks.
A day earlier, Abdullah urged President Hamid Karzai to suspend Independent Election Commission (IEC) Secretary Ziaul Haq Amarkhel for trying to commit fraud in the election.
Amarkhel was accused of rigging by the Kabul police chief, who claimed the IEC secretary was seeking to transfer election materials to the 21st police district of Kabul and Sarobi on the Election Day.
But Amarkhel dismissed the allegations as unsubstantiated. He said his staff was not allowed by police to dispatch ballot materials to polling centres, a move he slammed as clear interference in the commission’s affairs.
On Sunday evening, Abdullah said the participation of more than seven million people in the electoral process was questionable because the turnout was lower than in the first round. He also rejected polling results from the provinces.
The lawyers’ union deputy head, Mohammad Ashraf Rassouli, said: “Without documentary evidence, we cannot blame anyone for committing fraud … We should not dispute a national process.”
He added people and runners should exercise patience until the final results were announced by the probe panel.
They union issued a resolution, urging both candidates to demonstrate patience, provide proofs to separate genuine votes from fake ones and avoid grabbing power through fraud.
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