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‘IECC secretariat officials sacked against law’

‘IECC secretariat officials sacked against law’

Oct 23, 2017 - 23:04

KABUL (Pajhwok): Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) head Abdul Aziz Aryai on Monday said five senior officials of the commission’s secretariat were terminated for law violations, but his deputy called the move “a tribal coup.”

Aryai told a press conference in Kabul that it was a majority decision of the commissioners to sack the five officials who had committed a number of law violations and the issue had been referred to the attorney’s office.

He said since taking office last year by the IECC commissioners, the secretariat officials had been creating hurdles, particularly the five removed officials.

He cited a number of violations from not obeying the president’s orders to creating hurdles in reform programs, refusing to accept orders of senior officials, violations of decisions and not attending group meetings.

He said the sacked officials had used pistols to deny monitoring to the internal monitoring commission and election watchdog TEFA.

“They have brazenly violated the law, they have committed crime and hiding a crime is also a crime.”

Aryai claimed the sacked officials forced their way into their offices and were sitting there while having guns. “It should not have happened,” he said.

But deputy IECC head Humira Haqmal later told a separate press conference that the five officials had been removed against the law.

She called the move a tribal coup and the removed officials were Pastuns and the IECC had promised his favorite individuals to appoint them on the posts.

She said the commission had so far done nothing except hatching conspiracies.

She said the allegations against the five officials were baseless and alleged the body was rife with corruption in political, financial and administrative affairs.

IECC secretary Mohammad Ali Satigh also said the five officials had not removed against the law.

He said the decision to fire the officials was illegal and non-implementable. He said the IECC secretariat had not be consulted about the decision to fire the five officials.

Wali Akbar Sarwari, who was removed as deputy head for technical affairs at the IECC secretariat, said that he and the other four officials could not be sacked because the decision to remove them had been declared illegal based on 13 different legal arguments.

He said the IECC chief turned their foe after the secretariat blocked his illegal activities.