(MENAFN - Daily Outlook Afghanistan) KABUL - In reaction to a recent decision by the Independent ElectionCommission (IEC) on not using biometric system in parts of the electoralprocess, a number of presidential candidates said the decision should bereversed as it has been made to 'engineer the upcoming polls in favor ofcertain candidates.
Article 19 of the election law says that all the electoral process,including voter registration, should be carried out by use of biometric system,but the election commission has said due to lack of time and resources, thecommission cannot use biometric devices in the voter registration process –which will start on June 8.
The election commission, however, has said that biometric devices will beused on the Election Day.
'The way will be opened for fraud if technology and biometric were not usedin the elections. No doubt, it is not acceptable for us and we will insist onthe use of biometric as a principle, presidential candidate Abdul Latif Pedramsaid.
'The amendments made in the (election) law says that the process should notgo forward without the use of biometric system. When the government does notprovide the materials for biometric and we do not have a transparent election,it means misusing the opportunity for those who are in power, presidentialcandidate Noorul Haq Ulumi said.
Former National Security Advisor and presidential candidate Mohammad HaneefAtmar said the biometric system has the capacity to ensure transparency in theupcoming elections.
'All recommendations should be considered in a bid to prevent fraud. Wewill be very regretful if the total plan be ignored and if they bring legal andtechnical reasons for not using biometric system, he told TOLOnews.
'What will be the next option if we ignore the use of biometric system?What is the alternative? I want to see it. All election teams should make ajoint decision in order to have a transparent and fair election, presidentialcandidate and head of Massoud Foundation Ahmad Wali Massoud told TOLOnews. (Tolo news)