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Senators demand inquiry into IECC tussle

Senators demand inquiry into IECC tussle

Oct 24, 2017 - 22:20

KABUL (Pajhwok): Reacting to the removal of five Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC)’s secretariat employees, some Meshrano Jirga members on Tuesday called for an inquiry into the matter.

On Monday, IECC head Abdul Aziz Aryai said the 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 a day earlier 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.

The Mesharano Jirga on Monday debated the issue. Gulali Akbari, a lawmaker from Badakhshan province, said: “The unreasonable ouster of IEC employees has raised concerns and people have lost trust in the conduct of free and fair election.”

She demanded an inquiry to the alleged differences among IECC commissioners and to find out why the five employees were dismissed.

“Most probably some hidden hands are involved, who want to hatch conspiracy to avoid the conduct of Wolesi Jirga and District Council elections,” she said.

Gul Ahmad Azami, a lawmaker from Farah province, said: “Elements who want to derail the upcoming elections are involved in the conspiracy.”

Demanding inquiry into the issue, Azami said the government should be pressured into holding elections and preventing meddling in elections.

After the removal of Independent Election Commission (IEC) Imam secretary general Mohammad Warimach,, reports about internal differences and administrative corruption in the IECC were churned out in the media.

Senate Chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar said there had been no formal presidential order about the removal of Warimach, adding problems plagued both the electoral bodies.

“The conduct of elections is government’s and donors’ responsibility. All stakeholders should end their differences because differences among the IEC and IECC members can harm the public trust in the ballot,” he said.