Kabul-Afghanistan (PMG):

Reporter: Sayed Mujtaba Sadat

The Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) has announced that the new commissioners of this institution has decided, that for holding transparent and fair presidential elections, they will use online biometrics system. Zabihullah Sadat, acting head of the Independent Election Commission spokesman Office, told the media: “By doing so, we are trying to reduce the amount of fraud and corruption in the presidential election process, and we believe that this option will help us to announce the results of these elections as early as possible, also using online biometric will make things easier for us and also for the citizens.”

While Afghanistan still faces significant challenges in the absence of Internet-based services across the country, the IEC says that they are looking for a solution to this problem as well. Mr. Sadat further added: “There is no doubt that we have no opportunities for internet access throughout the country very easily and we can see this issue as a key challenge for our upcoming plans, but we are keen to speak with an international company on this regard to make internet access available throughout the country on election day and we believe that for one day this service would be provided for us.”

These statements are being made while the electoral observing bodies still have doubts as on the government’s and election commissions’ efforts to hold the presidential election, and they insist that the government is in the quest for orchestrating the upcoming elections.

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