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President Ghani ‘Interferes’ in IEC to Manipulate Elections: MPs

(Last Updated On: November 18, 2017)

A number of Afghan lawmakers on Saturday asserted that President Ashraf Ghani is interfering in Election Commission (IEC) to manipulate next year’s elections.

“The government did not implement the commitments to bring electoral reforms, and the president is directly interfering in elections,” said Keramuddin Reza Zada, an MP.

“The election commission is being privatized  and the president has obvious interference,  the commission should be abolished and replaced by new impartial commission,” said MP Zahir Qader.  

The MPs stressed that fundamental reforms should be brought into the commission and government’s interference should be prevented. 

“The elections must be held and real reforms should be brought into the election commission as people is expecting it,” said MP Zakaria Zakaria.

The Wolesi Jirga’s reaction comes two days after President Ghani sacked the IEC Chairman, Najibullah Ahmadzai, following a request from the IEC commissioners on November 12.

“The election commission is not owned by the president,” said the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hamayoun Hamayoun. “The President illegally dismissed chairman of the election commission.”

He called on Najibullah Ahmadzai to address the parliament and give explanation on the issue.

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