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Ghani’s Election Campaign Team Accused of Violations

Ghani’s Election Campaign Team Accused of Violations

KABUL – Some campaigners of Stability and Convergence team led by Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah at a press conference on Thursday accused President Ghani’s re-election campaign team of violating the law and manipulating government’s resources.
Mr. Abdullah’s team released a 50-page document and said it shows that Ghani has “misused” his authorities during his campaign.
“Mr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has manipulated the government resources and he has done appointments for campaign purposes so that he can give political bribes to some people,” said Shafiqullah Saighani, member of Abdullah’s team.
“We request the relevant organizations to share with the people if they detect any coordinated fraud,” said Ali Ahmad Osmani, head of Stability and Convergence campaign.
But President Ghani at a campaign rally in Kabul on Thursday said he was a resolute winner in the 2014 presidential election and that he shared power with his rival, the incumbent Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, to avoid the repetition of history.
“It was the first time in the history of Afghanistan that I was declared a winner in a transparent way, so I brought Mr. Dr. Abdullah to avoid the repetition of Mr. [Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin] Hekmatyar and Ustad [Burhanuddin] Rabbani,” Ghani told his supporters at a campaign rally in Kabul.
Hekmatyar who signed a peace deal with the Afghan government in 2016 is also running for president.
“We have internal and external enemies, but you are aware that during the course of history, disagreements come from the ARG [Presidential Palace],” Mr. Ghani’s running mate for first vice president Amrullah Saleh said.
The Electoral Complaints Commission has so far registered over 60 electoral violation complaints from five election teams with the majority of them related to Ghani and Abdullah’s campaigns.
“Majority of the complaints are those which have been filed against each other by these two teams (of Mr. Ghani and Mr. Abdullah),” a member of the Electoral Complaints Commission, Qasim Elyasi, said.
(Sahar News)

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