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IEC urges stakeholders to avoid irresponsible statements

IEC urges stakeholders to avoid irresponsible statements

Oct 11, 2017 - 20:33

KABUL (Pajhwok): Breaking its silence about recent criticism by political parties, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday said some elements were trying to defame the electoral bodies to serve their personal interests.

On Saturday, the Afghanistan Political Consensus Council (APCC) dubbed the election commission “a corrupt and dependent organ,” calling for immediate halt to purchase of elections related machinery and equipment.

Addressing reporters here, members of the council said elections would be acceptable to people when their trust in the electoral bodies was restored and drastic changes brought to the bodies.

Mohammad Sedique Patman, a member of APCC and head of Jabha-i-Nawin Afghanistan, had said elections remained a major issue during the past 16 years. “It remains a huge challenge due to less attention and non-implementation of the law.”

But IEC chief Najibullah Ahmadzai told a press conference said the recent statements of APCC were irresponsible and untrue.

Flanked by other commissioners, Ahmadzai demanded political leaders refrain from statements that could harm public trust in the election bodies and the election process.

He urged political parties, civil society organizations and other groups to cooperate with the commission in conducting free, fair and transparent election.

Mazullah Dawlati, IEC commissioner, said previously they had some problems, but most of them had been resolved

The long-delayed elections to the Wolesi Jirga and district councils were scheduled to be held in 2015 but were delayed due to implementation of reforms, political differences, lack of funds and technical help.

The IEC head in today’s press conference stressed that the Wolesi jirga and district council elections would be held on the announced date.

He reiterated elections would be held on its announced date and no change would be brought to it.