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IEC Shouldn’t Act as Government Institution: Ex-Chairman

(Last Updated On: February 24, 2018)

Former Head of Independent Election Commission (IEC), Fazl Ahmad Manavi believes the IEC members are acting as government spokesmen instead of being independent.

Speaking during Munazera (Debate) political program of Ariana News on Saturday, Manavi said the IEC should not act as government institution to make justification for government’s “illegal” actions.

Over the past few months, the IEC has come under immense pressure from Afghan political parties and election monitoring groups over its poor performance and management.

Anwarulhaq Ahadi, the Head of New National Front Party said that the government lacks commitment to hold a transparent and fair elections, accusing the government of inference in election commission.  

“The president’s office has repeatedly interfered in affairs of election, and challenged the possibility of having a transparent election,” he said.

However, Hezb-e-Islami led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is optimistic regarding upcoming elections. Amin Karim, a senior member of the party stressed that the parliamentary and districts council elections should be held on time, adding that the government should amend the Electoral Law.

In response to the politicians who asserted the appointment of new IEC member “illegal”, Gulajan Abdulbadi Sayad, the current chairman of IEC said that appointing members for the election commission is part of the president’s authority, insisting that the IEC acts based on Electoral Law.

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