Analysts divide over delay of ballot results

KABUL (Pajhwok): Political analysts welcomed delay in announcing initial results of runoff presidential elections to remove the current electoral problems while others viewed the delay as disregard for people’s vote.   
The runoff presidential election were held on July 14 but the process faced deadlock when the reforms and unanimity team led by Dr. Abdullah Abdullah suspended all contacts with election commissions and accused its rival candidate Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai of committing widespread fraud.
But analysts say preliminary results had to be postponed in attempt to keep the country from anomalies and buy time for political deals.
Political commentator, Wahid Muzhda, said postponement of initial results did not have anything with recounting votes of 1,900 polling sites as said by the election commission. He said it could not affect the overall results.
He said objections by Abdullah’s camp gave political dimensions to the issue and both sides are set to discuss the controversial points minutely and resolve differences mutually.
Calling political efforts productive, Muzhda said both runners are required to deal with this matter as the country was about to face economic crisis.  
Jandad Spinghar, the Election Watch Afghanistan’s (EWA) chief, said the electoral process was not in its normal form that’s why initial results had to be delayed.   
In response to a question, he said: “The election commission is forced to use technical issues as an excuse because the electoral problems will get stronger in absence of any agreement.”
If the situation remained tense, release of preliminary results would help strengthen the current problems, he believed.   
But another political commentator, Ustad Habibullah Rafi said the delay was against all expectations. The commission was duty bound to release results on scheduled time by separating genuine ballots from the fake ones.
Describing establishment of coalition government as disrespecting votes of people, he said: “The loser candidate should not try to bring the legal process under question by raising new demands each day.”
Both the presidential contenders, he recalled had pledged to accept the results before the start of the polls.

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