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Afghanistan’s 2019 Election (16): Signs of fraud in Zabul

A tribal elder casting his voting in Kandak high school of Qalat (Zabul), looking for the person who would take biometric data.


A tribal elder casting his voting in Kandak high school of Qalat (Zabul), in search of the one that would take biometric knowledge. Photograph: writer

In largely Taleban-controlled Zabul province, there are appreciable discrepancies between the reported turnout and what was observed on the bottom. After a really quiet marketing campaign and preventing near the provincial capital and in all districts on election day, it was not a shock to see very few voters within the polling centres in Qalat metropolis. At the finish of the day, nevertheless, native Unbiased Election Commission employees claimed that between 30 and 90 per cent of registered voters had turned out to vote in numerous polling centres in the metropolis, with matching figures from a few of the districts. It’s unclear what these high turnout figures are based mostly on and to what extent they are going to be supported by the biometric knowledge, the results sheets and the variety of ballots within the bins, but the discrepancy between what was noticed and what is being reported recommend that someplace in the process numbers have been inflated. In what may be an in depth election, implausible turnout and vote tallies – and the way properly they’re scrutinised and addressed by the IEC – will probably be one of the important points to observe. Aref Zabuli* brings this report from Zabul (with enter from Thomas Ruttig).

Common info

Zabul is a largely rural, largely Pashtun province in the Afghan south with a inhabitants of 371,000, in line with the info utilized by the Unbiased Election Commission (IEC). The stretch of the nationwide ring street linking neighbouring Kandahar province with Kabul runs by means of it. The province is heavily contested and the Taleban are in complete management of two of its eleven districts – Daychopan and Kakar, aka Khakeran or Khak-e Afghan (1) – and much of the countryside within the remaining ones. The government’s army presence in the province is especially confined to the provincial capital and some district centres. No district governor lives in his district, all are staying both in Qalat or Kandahar. (A extra detailed AAN dispatch on the province’s security is forthcoming.) Beneath these circumstances, it was all the time going to be troublesome to hold an inclusive election, or even any election at all.

Map of Zabul province. By: Roger Helms

For Zabul’s 66,489 registered voters, the IEC had initially designed 46 polling centres: (2) 29 situated within the eight districts not managed by the Taleban and 17 within the provincial capital Qalat, together with a few of its rural suburbs (see right here for the record).

57,531 of the voters registered for the 2018 parliamentary election have been males, 3,363 ladies and 3,829 kuchis (nomads of each genders). Voters reportedly registered in only 44 of the polling centres which the IEC had decided to open).

Within the 2018 parliamentary election, Zabul reported a turnout (valid votes) of 12,980, or 21.three per cent of registered voters.

The one-month election marketing campaign period in Qalat was quiet. Not one of the candidates visited the province. Just a few days before the election, it turned a bit extra energetic when two pro-Ghani members of parliament, Abdul Qader Qalatwal and Zahra Tokhi, arrived in Qalat on 25 September. They held conferences with the local mutanafezin (influential individuals), resembling tribal leaders, and requested them to mobilise their supporters to vote for the president. The top of the provincial council, Haji Atta Jan Haqbayan, one other robust Ghani supporter, acquired a telephone name from the president throughout such a meeting in one of many local campaign workplaces. Through the name, which was placed on speaker for the entire assembly, Ghani referred to as on the individuals of Zabul to return out of their houses with out worry on this “historical election day” and to vote for him.

As in different elements of the nation, AAN encountered some election fatigue amongst voters. For instance, Haji Muhammad Karim, a tribal elder of Qalat who had relations working in the metropolis’s IEC workplace, defined in the night of election day his causes for not voting:

I didn’t vote [this time] because once we voted in 2018 and 2014 our vote had no influence on the success or failure of any candidate. […] The winners of those presidential, provincial and final yr’s parliamentary elections are those that concerned themselves in lots of corruption and in fraud. This time, fewer than 3,000 individuals might have voted in the entire province, but now […] IEC officers declare 30,000 votes. This can be a huge shame for them. I’ll never ever again vote.

Election day security

The state of affairs of the federal government in Zabul province suffered an extra setback within the week earlier than the election when the Taleban took the district centre of Shajuy, instantly on the ring street. Visitors on the ring street was interrupted by the preventing which continued on election day.

Moreover, the Taleban pressured all telephone networks in the province to shut down, starting at Four pm on the afternoon before the election. Solely in a fringe of three kilometres around and in Qalat city itself have been the Salaam and Roshan networks nonetheless working. It meant no IEC employees in any district was in touch with the provincial centre.

On the morning of election day, small and heavy weapons hearth in Qalat’s suburbs was audible in the metropolis. Round 10.30 am, the Taleban additionally fired a missile into the town, hitting the relocated provincial hospital’s emergency room the place, in response to security officers, two patients have been barely injured. (3) Preventing was reported from all districts with designated polling centres: Tarnak wa Jaldak (previously often known as Shahr-e Safa, with eight deliberate polling centres (PC), Shinkay (four PCs), Shumulzayi and Arghandab (three PCs every) and Mizan, Nawbahar and Atghar (one PC every). In Shumulzayi and Mizan, the district centres have been attacked.

Contradictory figures on polling stations

There has since been confusion over the number of polling stations. On the day after the election (29 September), Zabul Provincial Police Chief Najibullah Sartir stated “all” 36 polling centres within the province, with 196 polling stations amongst them, had opened on election day, 32 of them on time at 7 am. This, nevertheless, is ten centres fewer than the variety of planned polling centres listed on the IEC web site, something which Sartir didn’t check with or explain.

When the Ministry of Interior, which is liable for electoral website safety, announced a national reduction of 431 centres on 19 September, it didn’t point out Zabul. Yet, on the day earlier than the election, provincial council head Haji Haqbayan advised AAN that four centres, within the rural areas of Spina Ghbarga and Khwazo Kelai in Qalat district (code numbers 2601015 and 2601016), Nawa Alamgul of Mizan (2604039) and Dab Kotal mosque of Shinkay (2603030), can be closed as a consequence of high security threats, and that solely 32 polling centres would open on the day of the election.

What happened: Low seen turnout, excessive figures reported

1. Qalat

Starting in the late morning hours (the writer did not go earlier because of the capturing), AAN visited eight polling centres in Qalat, considered one of them within the rural suburbs, and noticed just a few individuals in each, with the one exception of the provincial hospital (2601004). Taleban firing in Qalat’s suburbs seemed to be an element persuading potential voters to remain at residence.

In several polling centres, the IEC employees refused to point out the paperwork that registered how many individuals had voted there. In these locations the observer needed to rely on what he noticed whereas he was present or on what different individuals informed him.

In Sheikh Mati High Faculty (2601006), AAN noticed 18 males, some of them observers, who had just forged their votes, and three or 4 individuals voting. In Tarnak faculty (listed as ‘Kandak faculty’ by the IEC; 2601007), the writer noticed six voters and some observers. In Bibi Khala Excessive Faculty (2601005), a gaggle of 13 ladies who needed to vote, together with the provincial director of the Ministry of Ladies’s Affairs, Maryam Suleimankhel, have been in the midst of an argument with IEC employees. Seven of the ladies have been refusing to be photographed and have been despatched away with out being allowed to forged their ballots. Presently, there was still capturing audible in the suburbs.

A citizen (identify withheld) who forged his vote in the Sheikh Mati High Faculty after AAN had visited advised AAN later that he had not seen some other voter or observer there, solely IEC employees. A few of the employees who have been his schoolmates informed him “no one” was casting their votes there. But, he stated, the written report indicated that 470 individuals had already voted. Another voter (identify withheld) who went to forged his voteat TarnakHigh Faculty at 11:34 am, once more after AAN had visited, stated the log stated solely 29 individuals had voted there at the timeand he didn’t see some other voter whereas he was there.

In Jaru La Faculty polling centre (2601011with seven male and one female poling stations), ten kilometres north of Qalat city at around 2:30 pm, AAN noticed solely two people who had simply forged their votes and have been about to go away. On the centre have been IEC employees, observers of the Election Complaints Fee (ECC), Ghani and Abdullah brokers and observers of the non-governmental Clear Elections Basis of Afghanistan (TEFA) and Free and Truthful Elections Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) . The 2 voters, who have been from close by Omaki village (names withheld), stated that they had not come voluntarily, however had been pressured to vote by (unidentified) “authorities forces” in their village. Two days earlier, they stated, Taleban had come to the village and threatened to punish individuals if they voted, so most individuals had determined to not vote. By 2:45 pm, 78 individuals had been recorded as voting within the seven male stations, as AAN noticed; AAN was not allowed to verify the feminine station.

The one exception to the quietude of E-Day in Qalat metropolis was the polling centre on the provincial hospital (2601004), which was extra crowded. When AAN visited at 1:30 pm, there was a queue of 37 individuals waiting to vote. There was good order and professional, respectful IEC employees; nearly all of them have been graduates of the university in Qalat. The Biometric Voter Verification (BVV) units have been working. Brokers and observers of Ghani, Abdullah, TEFA and FEFA have been all observing the process very intently. At that time, the polling centre data seen by AAN showed that 653 individuals had voted.

The two further voting hours given by the IEC did not appear to significantly convey up the turnout. Round Four:15 pm, on the Rasala Women Faculty polling centre (2601008), there were just six voters waiting in line. IEC employees claimed that 344 individuals had voted up to now. There, AAN was not given access to the polling knowledge, both on the male and the feminine aspect. No Ghani or Abdullah or different candidates’ agents have been to be seen at this polling centre; ECC employees and other observers have been outdoors, consuming tea. Within the Sinak Women Faculty polling centre (2601009), round 4:45 pm, IEC employees and ECC, FEFA, TEFA, Ghani, Abdullah and Hekmatyar observers have been present however no voters. The employees and observers all stated they have been proud of the method. The IEC employees in this centre informed AAN it had logged 987 individuals as having voted but didn’t show the data. The feminine poling station was already closed by that time because of the lack of voters.

When AAN revisited the three faculties, where within the late morning only a handful of voters had been present, the IEC stated that several hundred individuals had forged their votes: Sheikh Mati High Faculty had allegedly recorded 784 male voters; Bibi Khala 466 female voters and Tarnak High Faculty 344 male voters. The IEC employees gave these figures however denied AAN to take a look on the logbook. Already, these reported figures appeared unlikely given the preventing in the suburbs, the missile hearth and the few voters that have been seen.

In the Chawney Faculty polling centre (2601003) AAN was also not allowed to see the data of how many people had voted when visiting briefly earlier than midday. At the moment, there have been 9 males queuing to vote. FEFA observers, IEC employees and Abdullah, Ghani and Hekmatyar candidate brokers have been all outdoors the polling website, not observing the proceedings.

At Rasala Women Faculty, where within the late afternoon AAN had seen six voters and had been informed by IEC employees that 344 voters had come, at the finish of the day (105 minutes later), the IEC stated that they had recorded 1,334 voters (which represents around half – 48.4 per cent – of all 2,755 voters that registered at that centre).

IEC employees at numerous polling centres informed AAN the next turnout figures on the end of the day – nowhere AAN was allowed to examine:

Sheikh Mati High Faculty 2,426 votes reported (of 3,679 voters registered, ie 65.9%) – Right here, the writer witnessed the counting at polling station no 2, a station for males, which came up with 122 votes casts.

Bibi Khala High Faculty 1,285 votes reported (of Four,090 = 31.4%)

Tarnak High Faculty 1,866 votes reported (3,189 = 58.5%).

Provincial hospital polling centre three,758 votes reported

Sinak Women Faculty 858 votes reported (of 1,939 = 44.2%)

Kharwaryan (listed as Sur Ghar Faculty; 2601010) (not visited by AAN) votes reported 1,123 (of 1,244 = 90.three%).

The voter who had informed AAN about his observations at Sheikh Mati High Faculty referred to as his buddies among the many IEC employees within the evening, after he heard the reported high turnout figure and asked how it had occurred. “They didn’t know both,” he informed AAN.

A civil society activist from Qalat advised AAN that he requested the IEC employees at Tarnak faculty in the evening how the high number of voters materialised. He stated they replied, “We did this; we work for Ghani.“ He additionally stated there were no observers current on the counting there.

The reported figures don’t match the observations at all, notably since IEC employees, FEFA and TEFA observers and observers from the Ghani and Abdullah campaign teams all described the biometric units in Qalat Metropolis as working very slowly. Some stated that the IEC employees have been ‘not skilled enough’ to operate them. It took every voter on common around 5 minutes to undergo the voting procedure in the three poling centres observed. It might be anticipated that, with a high turnout and a sluggish process, polling stations can be visibly crowded.

Not a very lengthy queue at Kandak/Tarnak Excessive Faculty, Qalat, in Zabul province, in the morning of election day. Photograph: writer.

In the Sheikh Mati, Chawney, Bibi Khala and Tarnak polling centres, the writer saw no end result sheets displayed outdoors after the counting, and in addition not the subsequent morning when he checked once more. An area journalist (who had visited six polling centres in Qalat) and the civil society activist (who had visited three) also stated that they had not seen any outcomes sheets displayed at the polling centres they checked. The journalist added that local residents he had asked about this also informed him that they had not seen any outcome sheets.

2. The districts

Stories from the districts, especially Shajuy simply to the north of Qalat, increase yet more doubts concerning the reported turnout – as well as the votes which are claimed to have been forged. On election day at round 11 am, a 150-strong government pressure had managed to push the Taleban out of Shajuy’s district centre after heavy preventing, involving airstrikes. The military that brought in IEC employees was reported to have then opened all seven polling centres in the district, 4 in the provincial centre and three in an area close to Qalat. Nevertheless, in accordance with two local elders and one other resident reached by AAN, no voters have been seen at the moment.Then, telephone connections broke down and AAN might get no extra studies on the state of affairs. In the night, an IEC employee in Shajuy (who needs to stay nameless) informed AAN that 8,940 votes have been forged in the district, out of 14,970 registered voters, a proportion of 59.7 per cent. In the 2018 parliamentary election, in Shajuy it was simply 19.2 per cent.

AAN did handle to talk to the 2 elders and the opposite resident on the day after the election. They informed AAN those turnout figures have been implausible as the district centre bazaar had remained closed after the preventing. The resident informed AAN: “No one is allowed to return out of their houses, so how is it potential we voted?” One elder stated there is perhaps a maximum of 150 votes forged – from the native ANA unit that had recaptured the town. Different native sources stated genuine voting had been primarily happening in the part of Shajuy that’s close to Qalat and underneath management of an Afghan Native Police unit, where three out of the district’s seven polling centres are situated: Holan Robat clinic (2606058; 2,289 registered voters), Ghulam Robat Maland faculty (2606060; 589 registered voters) and Baba Hotak high school (2606055; 5,692 registered voters). To succeed in a total of just about 9,000 votes in Shajuy, both practically all voters could have needed to come out to vote in these three polling stations – and some extra elsewhere – or a big number of voters may have had to also end up in the rest of Shajuy district, despite the preventing. Both situations are extremely unlikely.

In Shinkay district, with four planned polling centres, IEC employees have been brought in by ANA helicopter two days before the election and have been purported to set up an workplace at the joint police headquarters and district governor compound, based on native elders. Nevertheless, the elders stated the ANA battalion commander had stored the IEC employees at his headquarters. The problem was later solved by the intervention of the provincial police commander in Qalat, and the ANA reportedly stopped interfering.Shinkay reported 1,580 votes forged out of a complete of two,590 registered voters: 1,180 within the polling station situated in the district centre (Shah Alam High Faculty; 2603028, out of two,190 registered voters) and 400 in Surai (IEC: Sewri) Faculty (2603032; 1,133 registered voters).

Within the night of election day, native IEC employees reported the following turnout from different districts to AAN:

Shumulzayi Four,000 (of 5,600 registered voters)– Native sources confirmed to AAN that two of the district’s three designated polling centres have been open: the Shumulzayi district clinic (2610089; with 2,285 registered voters) and Mir Wais Khan faculty (2610083; 2,212 registered voters) in Zanzir, a town some 20 kilometres outdoors the district centre where a border police unit is predicated. The district centre has a army base manned by ANA, ANP and NDS. Nevertheless, even if the security forces voted in mass, the locally-reported turnout still seems extraordinarily high, with around 1,900 forged (83.1% of registered voters) in Shumulzayi centre and around 2,100 in Zanzir (94.9%).

Tarnak wa Jaldak 400 (of 5,390 registered voters)– Right here, preventing had solely stopped at three pm, in response to native sources.

Atghar district (1,436 registered voters) – An area IEC official informed AAN there had been just three voters – the district governor who had travelled there for the election from Qalat and his two physique guards. Even the local IEC officers did not forged their votes.

Arghandab 300 (of 375registered voters)

Mizan 590 (of two,073 registered voters)

The IEC’s formal and informal turnout figures

IEC officers in Qalat advised AAN on 29 September that round 15,600 individuals had voted in the metropolis. They didn’t have figures but from the districts at that point. Separately, a supply close to the Zabul provincial governor informed AAN Kabul in the same evening, that around 38,000 votes had been forged altogether in Zabul, 5,000 to 7,000 of them by ladies. This figure has also been utilized by the top of the IEC in Qalat.

The IEC nationally (in its press conference held on the evening of 29 September) gave the – partial – number of votes counted in Zabul at that time as 17,579 and stated these had been forged in 22 polling centres. This might have already represented a turnout of 26.5 per cent. The newest IEC info revealed on Four October on the Facebook page of one of the commissioners, states that Zabul province reported a turnout of 18,378 from 36 open polling centres (27.6% of the full registered votes – which would be six per cent points more than in the 2018 parliamentary election).

IEC officers and agents of the Ghani marketing campaign informed AAN on the night of election day that “99 per cent” of the votes have been in favour of the president. The provincial head of Dr Abdullah’s marketing campaign, Haji Azizullah, advised AAN: “All local authorities and military and police brazenly supported Ghani and pushed for votes for him. When there have been ten votes [during the counting]they counted 100.” He additionally alleged that on 30 September, the day after the polls, poll stuffing was ongoing in Shajoy district. Moreover, he claimed that poll packing containers with out locks the place being introduced from the districts and stuffed in Qalat. He stated he had sources in the IEC provincial workplace who had informed him that in the entire province, only around 1,500 individuals had truly voted.

The Qalat civil society activist instructed something comparable – although much less stark – when he stated that “resulting from massive safety issues within the districts and even in Qalat” his estimate was that in all probability 2-4,000 votes had been forged within the provincial capital and perhaps 4-5,000 altogether within the province. He thought the turnout figure in Shumulzayi is perhaps nearer to 150 and 200, and that in Shinkay “not even ten individuals“ would have voted. He stated, “I went around the city [Qalat]and noticed virtually no individuals. Normal individuals weren’t popping out because of the preventing.” He thought most voters in the districts, aside from some areas underneath ALP or border police management, can be army and police personnel deployed there. The local journalist also estimated that Four,000 votes in Qalat can be extra lifelike, however gave no estimate for the districts. The formally reported turnout in Shumulzayi district was additionally doubted by a political activist in Kabul who originates from the world; he informed AAN “the [bad] security state of affairs” wouldn’t permit this.

Threadbare statement 

Observers have been thin on the ground in Zabul. IEC officers in Qalat advised AAN that they had issued around 500 remark playing cards to election observer organisations FEFA and TEFA, marketing campaign workplaces and local journalists. But, except for Ghani marketing campaign staff, their presence was patchy at greatest – and with one exception (Holan Robat for Abdullah in Shinkay districts) it appears no other candidate had an agent observer anyplace outdoors the provincial centre.

Provincial head of Dr Abdullah’s marketing campaign Haji Azizullah stated their candidate brokers didn’t go to many polling centres in the districts because of the insecurity, and that some of them had not shown up in any respect on election day. He added that in some polling centres in Qalat, their agents had been ejected by “Ghani candidate brokers”, including in Sheikh Mati, Bibi Khala, Sinak and Rasala faculties. The local journalist quoted above and Haji Mir Wais, the provincial head of FEFA, who stated that they had observers in all 36 polling centres, nevertheless stated that they had no details about such incidents. The other observer organisations, Election and Transparency Watch Group(ETWA) and TEFA did not return AAN telephone calls and will thus not be asked about Azizullah’s allegations and their very own presence in the province on election day and during its aftermath. The journalist advised AAN thatin some polling sites police threatened journalists and that in Bibi Khala and Sur Ghar faculty of Qalat, he stated, he was not allowed in, though he had an observer card.

AAN noticed a robust, and somewhat shocking, unanimity among IEC employees and observersin the polling sites visited in Qalat city in saying they have been glad with the process. This included candidate brokers sporting badges of the Abdullah marketing campaign, even though already in the course of the day native IEC employees appeared to be inflating the turnout figures and have been claiming that the votes have been overwhelmingly going to the incumbent. An evidence for this might be the allegation of Abdullah’s campaign supervisor that they weren’t genuine Abdullah supporters and had been gained over, or purchased,by the Ghani campaign. The civil society activist advised AAN he also had heard about such instances and thought it potential.

Conclusion

There are grave discrepancies in Zabul between what was noticed on the ground and what the IEC figures recommend, both when it comes to the official IEC turnout figure for the whole province and the knowledge gathered from the vote tallies for numerous polling centres and districts. In all places within the city, AAN witnessed extraordinarily few voters. These observations are matched by those of voters and different observers, and by studies from these dwelling in several of Zabul’s districts. Preventing in most of Zabul’s districts, in some locations raging all through virtually the entire day, in addition to firing in Qalat’s suburbs and the Taleban missile within the morning, may be anticipated to have restricted voter turnout – which was additionally observed to have been the case. Yet, reported turnout in Zabul was excessive, even more so than in the course of the 2018 parliamentary election.

Such an implausibly excessive turnout – notably in rural, remote and insecure areas the place there’s a lack of unbiased remark– sparks apparent suspicions that fraud has on the very least been attempted. Additionally it is attainable that provincial authorities and native IEC employees felt obliged to push turnout figures up and should have overdone it. Scrutiny of the tally particulars as they arrive out –including the comparisons between the info recorded by the BVV units, the physical outcomes sheets, the variety of ballots in the packing containers and the reported turnout figures – will present larger clarity as to what might have occurred on and after election day.

Zabul has a comparatively small population and a comparatively restricted number of registered voters, so the province is unlikely to considerably influence or sway the final results – until they’re very close, which stands out as the case. Nevertheless, the comparatively small measurement of the province may make it easier to get an summary of what may need occurred. And if there has been fraud tried here, it might nicely level to a development in different provinces, as nicely, and will thus be very vital.

Edited by Thomas Ruttig, Kate Clark and Martine van Bijlert

 

* Aref Zabuli is the pseudonym of an Afghan journalist who observed the election in Qalat, Zabul.

 

(1) Kakar district’s unique identify was Khakeran which was pronounced by some as Khak-e Iran (Iranian soil). Subsequently it was renamed Khak-e Afghan (Afghan soil), and now’s often known as Kakar, the main tribe dwelling there (see this official district listing: no 174).

(2) The determine of 66,489 voters is given as “registered for the [October 2018] parliamentary election.” Nevertheless, scrutiny of the unconsolidated and contradictory knowledge given on numerous pages of the IEC’s web site indicate that the quantity in 2018 was truly around 60,000 and a few 6,000 voters should have been added within the top-up registration exercise earlier than this election.

Relating to the polling centres, there are also varying figures. Another web page of the IEC web site lists solely 43 polling centres.

(three) On 19 September 2019, the provincial hospital in Qalat was destroyed by a Taleban automotive bomb which, the insurgents say, was aimed toward concentrating on an intelligence coaching centre close by. The bomb killed 39 individuals and wounded 90 others (see right here). After the attack, the hospital was transferred to the provincial directorate of health, the place it had originally been before the brand new provincial hospital was constructed eight years in the past.

 

Annex. Overview of the observer info organised per polling centre

Sheikh Mati High Faculty (2601006)

Late morning: In Sheikh Mati High Faculty, AAN saw 18 men, a few of them observers, who had simply forged their votes, and three or 4 individuals voting.

Later: A citizen (identify withheld) who forged his vote within the Sheikh Mati Excessive Faculty had not seen another voters or observers, solely IEC employees.  A few of the employees who have been his schoolmates advised him “no one” was casting their votes. Yet, he stated, the written report indicated that 470 individuals had already voted.

The IEC employees later informed AAN that Sheikh Mati High Faculty had recorded 784 male voters, but denied AAN to take a look on the logbook.

Finish of the day (reported by IEC employees, not seen): Sheikh Mati High Faculty 2,426 votes (of three,679 voters registered, ie 65.9%)

The voter who had advised AAN about his observations at Sheikh Mati High Faculty referred to as his buddies among the many IEC employees in the evening, after he heard the reported high turnout figure and requested the way it had occurred. “They didn’t know both,” he advised AAN.

Within the Sheikh Mati High Faculty polling centre, the writer saw no outcome sheets displayed outdoors after the counting, and in addition not the subsequent morning when he checked again.

[Azizullah, Abdullah’s campaign manager]added that in some polling centres in Qalat, their brokers had been ejected by “Ghani candidate brokers”, together with in Sheikh Mati faculty.

Tarnak faculty (listed as ‘Kandak faculty’ by the IEC; 2601007)

Late morning: In Tarnak faculty, the writer saw six voters and some observers.

Later: One other voter (identify withheld) who went to forged his voteat TarnakHigh Faculty at 11:34 am, stated the log stated only 29 individuals had voted. He didn’t see some other voter whereas he was there.

The IEC employees later informed AAN that Tarnak Excessive Faculty had recorded 344 male voters, however denied AAN to have a look at the logbook.

Finish of the day (reported by IEC employees, not seen): Tarnak Excessive Faculty 1,866 votes (three,189 = 58.5%).

A civil society activist from Qalat informed AAN that he requested the IEC employees at Tarnak faculty in the evening how the high number of voters materialised. He stated they replied, “We did this; we work for Ghani.“ He also stated there have been no observers present on the counting there.

Within the Tarnak Excessive Faculty polling centre, the writer saw no outcome sheets displayed outdoors after the counting, and in addition not the subsequent morning when he checked again.

Bibi Khala Excessive Faculty (2601005)

Late morning: In Bibi Khala Excessive Faculty, a gaggle of 13 ladies who needed to vote, including the provincial director of the Ministry of Ladies’s Affairs, Maryam Suleimankhel, have been in the midst of an argument with IEC employees. Seven of the women have been refusing to be photographed and have been sent away with out being allowed to forged their ballots.

The IEC employees later advised AAN that Bibi Khala High Faculty had recorded 466 female voters, however denied AAN to have a look on the logbook.

End of the day (reported by IEC employees, not seen): Bibi Khala Excessive Faculty 1,285 votes reported (of Four,090 = 31.Four%)

In the Bibi Khala Excessive Faculty polling centre, the writer saw no end result sheets displayed outdoors after the counting, and in addition not the subsequent morning when he checked once more.

[Abdullah’s campaign manager Azizullah] added that in some polling centres in Qalat, their brokers had been ejected by “Ghani candidate brokers”, together with in Bibi Khala High Faculty.

The journalist informed AAN that …in Bibi Khala and Sur Ghar faculty of Qalat he was not allowed in, though he had an observer card.

Jaru La Faculty polling centre (2601011)

In Jaru La Faculty polling centre (with seven male and one feminine poling stations, ten kilometres north of Qalat metropolis), at around 2:30 pm AAN noticed solely two individuals who had simply forged their votes and have been about to go away.

By 2:45 pm, 78 individuals had been recorded as voting within the seven male stations, as AAN noticed; AAN was not allowed to verify the female station.

Rasala Women Faculty polling centre (2601008)

Round 4:15 pm, at the Rasala Women Faculty polling centre, there have been just six voters waiting in line. IEC employees claimed that 344 individuals had voted up to now.

On the finish of the day (105 minutes later), the IEC stated that they had recorded 1,334 voters (which represents around half – 48.4 per cent – of all 2,755 voters that registered at that centre).

[Abdullah’s campaign manager Azizilluh]added that in some polling centres in Qalat, their brokers had been ejected by “Ghani candidate agents”, together with in Rasala Women Faculty.

Sinak Women Faculty polling centre (2601009)

Within the Sinak Women Faculty polling centre, at around Four:45 pm, IEC employees and ECC, FEFA, TEFA, Ghani, Abdullah and Hekmatyar observers have been present however no voters. The IEC employees on this centre informed AAN it had logged 987 individuals as having voted however didn’t show the data. The feminine poling station was already closed by that time because of the lack of voters.

End of the day (reported by IEC employees, not seen): Sinak Women Faculty 858 votes reported (of 1,939 = 44.2%) – which is less than had earlier been claimed

[Abdullah’s campaign manager Azizullah]added that in some polling centres in Qalat, their agents had been ejected by “Ghani candidate brokers”, together with in Sinak Women Faculty.