Afghan observers seek date for new vote audit

 
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Afghan election observation groups on Tuesday asked the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to set a date for recounting votes at the earliest so that observers could play their role in an efficient way.
National Partnership, Afghan Youth Social and National Organisation and New Line Institute welcomed mediation from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and US Secretary of State John Kerry in ending the political impasse.
Presidential hopefuls Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani on Saturday reached an agreement on ending the electoral impasse and forming a government of national unity -- thanks to diplomatic efforts by the US and the UN.
Both the candidates agreed to a recount of all the votes cast during the June 14 presidential election runoff.
In a joint statement, the local election observation organisations said a 100 percent audit of the votes could be the only way to ensure transparency and address election-related complaints.
They requested international observers to honestly support the electoral bodies in recounting of votes and addressing complaints.
They asked both the candidates to express their ideas and views about the vote audit mechanism and share their decisions with the media so that the people could know about the process.
Defining the role of the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) in overseeing the audit process and giving a new date for the inauguration ceremony of the new president were other demands the Afghan observers organizations made in their statement.
The statement concluded the presidential candidates should support the audit process by actively overseeing it.
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