ENTIKHABAT 98: IEC Concern Over Closed Voting Centers Discussed

Officials from the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Thursday raised concerns over reports that another 14 polling centers will be closed due to security problems--this in addition to the 431 polling centers already closed. Officialnumbers, however, have yet to be shared with the IEC, and this is also a cause for concern.

“The security institutions told the election commission that additional centers are to be closed, but they said the actual numbers will be shared only after the assessment is complete,” said Zabiullah Sadat, spokesman of the IEC.

This delay of information-sharing between organizations worries watchdog groups.

In this episode host Yaser Abrar discusses the topic with the following guests:

Rahima Zarifi, IEC commissioner

Ghulam Hussain Nasiri, parliament member

Naeem Ayoubzada, head of the Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA)

Mahbooba Saraj, member of the Afghan Women's Network