Strikers accuse IEC of conniving at rigging

 
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than a hundred people went on strike in Kabul on Thursday, accusing the election commission of involvement in fraud in the second round of the presidential vote.
At a news conference in Kabul on Wednesday, presidential candidate, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah demanded an immediate stop to the vote-tallying process until his demands were met.
In support of Abdullah, whose remarks have drawn criticism from the UN, around 100 Kabul residents went on strike close to the Zarnigar Park.
Speaking on behalf of strikers, Mohammad Hashim Rad said: “We have gathered here to protest electoral fraud and election law violations by IEC.”
He told Pajhwok Afghan News the government had failed to maintain neutrality during the second round of the election.
The strikers urged IEC to respect genuine ballots. They stressed government should remain neutral in the process.
Another striker, Mohammad Daud, said: “We will continue our strike until IEC separates fake votes from genuine ballots.”
Yet another striker, Qari Mohammad Aman, called for immediate punishment to those involved in rigging. Foreigners were meddling in the process to create a crisis. “But we will not allow anyone to commit anomalies,” he pledged.
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