Dr. Abdullah Abdullah at the Post-election Press Conference: “the people supported us, the result is also clear for us.”
Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the leader of the Reform and Partnership Team, in a post-election press conference last night showed his optimism towards the participation of the people in this round and thanked all citizens of Afghanistan for their confidence and trust towards us.
Even though he said he is aware of the results and was extremely optimistic that it was in favor of him, he said that he will respect the law and will not announce anything before the electoral commissions. Dr. Abdullah stressed that the future of the country will depend on the actions of the commissions (IEC and ECC) and that the people expect both electoral commissions to work and act according to the constitution and the election law.
In addition, he acknowledged that many groups and individuals have committed systematic fraud in this round and warned that he is against all of the fraudsters and that he will not allow anyone to cheat the people. He said, despite all of the security risks, millions showed up today and voted for one of the candidates, no one is allowed to act irresponsibly and justice should be served if anyone is caught red-handed.
Dr. Abdullah stated that he was thankful and happy that his team and supporters did not commit any fraud and because the Reform and Partnership Team is the winning team and has the support of the people, not even for a second did this team think or have the incentive of committing fraud.
Additionally, he explained how many exploited the situation in the insecure regions of the country and stuffed ballot boxes a day before Election Day.
On the question of if elected how he would deal with President Karzai he responded that the philosophy of the Reform and Partnership Team is not based on retribution and vengence. He said that he and the entire team have respected the President and remained on friendly terms with him during all this time, and that they will continue to do so once in the government as well.
He stressed that his team is committed on having friendly foreign relations. He said other countries should be expecting a new dawn of friendly relations. He said that after the election, once and if we have the government we would like to have a friendly and transparent relation with all the countries.
To a question on whether his team would accept the election result even if not favorable, he responded that his team would accept the result if it is not decided upon by fraud; the people demand truth, fairness and transparency.
At the end of his speech, he promised that once he forms his government, he will bring drastic reforms in the electoral system and the election law, in order for future elections to be smooth and not problematic. He thanked the security forces and all of Afghanistan’s citizens for supporting and consolidating democracy.