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Barakzai pledges unbiased fundamental electoral reforms

(Last Updated On: March 23, 2015)

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The new appointed head of special commission for electoral reforms says that reforming unbiasedly the electoral system in Afghanistan before stepping to the upcoming Parliamentary elections and likely district council elections is a need.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has tasked a special commission of electoral reforms led by Shokria Barakzai for bringing fundamental reforms in electoral system.

Barakzai in an interview with Ariana News said,” A commission is formed to bring fundamental reforms in electoral system and furthermore to strengthen democratic systems in Afghanistan; we are tasked by the President to increase the people’s trust on governmental institutions which is vanished currently”.

In the decree issued by Presidential Office, Sediqullah Tawhidi has been appointed as deputy and Ali Amiri, Abdul Qadeer Karyab, Bashir Farooq, Dr. Mohammad Amin Ahmadi, Faizullah Zaki, Kawoon Kakar, Sabrina Saqib, Gul Ahmad Madadzai, Azizullah Rafiyee, Abdul Majeed Ghanizada and UN representative Tadamichi Yamamoto have been appointed as members and Shah Sultan Akifi and Wagma Ferogh as secretaries in the commission.

Barakzai further pledges that they will bring reforms before upcoming elections.

Bringing reforms before stepping to the upcoming elections is a need which must not be disregarded, It is still early to explain how we are going to do this, but we will act according to the President decree and the constitution of Afghanistan,” She highlighted.

2014 Presidential elections has lost people’s trust on democratic values and reforming Afghanistan electoral system is another difficult challenge for the country.

Currently the National Unity Government struggles to legitimize Afghanistan’s electoral institutions is unpredictable.

Reported by: Waheed Nawisa

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