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‘Aryayi finds his way to IECC with fake ID card’

‘Aryayi finds his way to IECC with fake ID card’

Nov 27, 2016 - 20:28

KABUL (Pajhwok): Some senators belonging to Uzbek tribe on Sunday alleged Abdul Aziz Aryayi, one of the newly-appointed electoral commissioners, was Tajik but disguised as Uzbek by holding a fake ID card.

President Ashraf Ghani last week chose five commissioners on the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) and seven on the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) from among 36 shorlisted applicants by the selection committee.  

Of the 12 commissioners, two are doctors, eight hold master’s degrees and two bachelor’s degrees. The commissioners belong to various ethnic groups. Four of them are Pashtuns, two Tajiks, two Uzbeks, two Hazaras, one Aimaq and one Pashayi.

However, senator Gul Mohammad Rasooli from Faryab province told Sunday’s session of the Meshrano Jirga that a fair national composition had not been observed in selection of the commissioners.

He claimed Abdul Aziz Aryayi who his way to IECC was pretending to be Uzbek while actually he belonged to Tajik community. Rasooli alleged Aryayi had a ID card showing him an Uzbek.

Senator Nabia Mustafazada also held similar views and said Aryayi belonged to Tajik ethnic group and hailed from Badakhshan province. “We cannot trust someone who represents Uzbek nation with a fake ID card and people shouldn’t expect transparency from such individuals in their work.”  

Meshrano Jirga secretary Abdullah Qarlaq also said Aryayi was not Uzbek. He and a number of other Uzbek public representatives asked the government to look into the matter.

Eng. Haseebullah Kalimzai, 2nd vice chairman of the upper house, who presided over the session, said Aryayi should face justice if proved guilty of committing forgery. He asked the government to investigate the issue.

This reporter sought comments from IECC spokesman Mohammad Nazari, however he refused to talk and calls to Aryayi also went unanswered.