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Ghani’s Office Accused of Interfering in IECC Recruitment

(Last Updated On: March 4, 2018)

Head of the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission of Afghanistan (IECC) on Sunday said that the continuation of political interference has delayed the parliamentary and district council elections which were due in next year.

“Since ten months, the government has failed to introduce the head of the Secretariat of the Commissions,” Abdul Aziz Aryaee, Head of the IECC said.

In addition, he confessed “lack of capacity in electoral commissions” and accused President Ghani’s office of interfering in the recruitment of the senior officials for the electoral commissions.

“The presidential palace is involved in [the recruitment] of the first and the second ranks and there are interference and political pressures for these positions,” Aryaee explicitly said.

Meanwhile, a number of political parties accused the National Unity Government (NUG) for negligence, adding that they are worried about the fate of the next elections.

But a spokesman for the presidential palace rejected the claim, saying the electoral commissions are performing their assignments without any interference by the government.

“All political parties and the people of Afghanistan are worried about the organization of the elections. The electoral commissions are repeatedly breaking their promises and the government will be responsible for any consequences,” Sediq Patman, a senior member of the Jabhi Milli Naween Afghanistan, a political party led by Anwar-ul Haq Ahadi, former Minister of Commerce and Industry, said.

“There is no alternative for the elections, the government is trying to manipulate or sabotage the election process which will lead us to a crisis,” Masoud Treshtwal, Spokesman for the Council for Protection and Stability in Afghanistan (APSC).

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