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    Voting at Cost of Life


    LPress Release Afghan Civil Society Joint Working Group Statement Regarding the Second Round of Presidential Election of Afghanistan Kabul - Afghanistan June 18, 2014 Voting at Cost of Life -

    Election is the foundation of democracy since people are directly involved in governance by electing their government. Thus the elected government is not only responsible but also accountable to people for delivering on its promises. The second round of Afghanistan presidential election was yet another success which should be celebrated. Credit must be given to Afghan people for coming to polling stations and casting their votes for the second time when once again their lives were threatened, to Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) for ensuring security all around the country and to both candidates for their constructive campaigns and people's gatherings. While celebrating our national success for the second time, we are also concerned with some pre-result judgments by different groups about the result of election, which may result confusion and misunderstandings among people. We believe that Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) and Independent Election Complaint Commission (IECC) are the responsible institutions for conducting the elections, counting votes, receiving complaints and addressing them and finally announcing the result of election. We therefore call upon both the candidates to submit their complains to IECC, follow up for addressing them, wait for announcement of result by IEC and avoid any pre-judgmental statements which may result in misunderstanding amongst their followers especially youth. Afghanistan is in a very critical moment and as leaders of this country we call on both candidates to avoid such statements, which may jeopardize our national unity and solidarity. We also call upon the IEC and IECC to transparently and accountably count all votes, register all complains and respond to them so that there is no complain from any candidate not addressed and final result of the election is acceptable to both of them. We also call upon the relevant institutions to prosecute any individual who has committed fraud during election. Casting vote is the right and responsibility of the citizens which assumed successfully. Counting votes and announcing the results is the responsibility and liability of IEC and IECC which we expect to be carried with full responsibility and accountability to the people. Once the final results are announced by IEC, we expect both candidates to respect the decision of the IEC, accept the results and congratulate the new president of Afghanistan. -

    Naweed Yousufi Freelance Journalist 1355

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