KABUL: Afghanistan’s electoral watchdog on Tuesday set a tight deadline for the presidential candidates to challenge the initial results of the June 14 runoff elections.
The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) gave both the candidates a 24-hour time to file their complaints, only a day after the Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced the initial results, with Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai taking lead over his rival.
IECC secretary Nader Mohseni at a press conference said the complaints filing process opened Tuesday at 8 am and would continue for 24 hours. He said the IECC would transparently review and adjudicate the complaints to fully discharge its duty.
The IECC reserved the right to review votes from some polling stations due to brazen fraud even in the absence of complaints, he said, urging both the candidates to submit their complaints within the stipulated time and the commission would adjudicate the claims/objections in a fair manner.