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MMA demands ‘new faces’ in electoral bodies

MMA demands ‘new faces’ in electoral bodies

Nov 02, 2017 - 17:18

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Mehwar-i-Mardom Afghanistan (MMA) party on Thursday demanded of the government to appoint ‘fresh faces’ to the electoral bodies.

The party said the proposed fresh appointments should be made in consultation with political parties and the international community.

The MMA also accused the government of not being sincere in holding parliamentary and district council elections next year during a debate on elections organized by the party here.

An official of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), who took part in the debate, stressed transparency and said fraud and rigging in previous elections resulted in the flight of billions of dollars capital.

Other participants also stressed the need of transparency in election and their timely conduct.

Dr. Niamatullah Niamat, MMA head, said: “People took part in past elections to strengthen democracy but unfortunately the government learned nothing from past experiences and is moving in the negative direction.”

He claimed some circles inside and others outside the government were busy right away planning to rig upcoming polls.

He said security organs were yet to be given a green signal about making plans for election security while the election bodies were engaged in attending parties and people with no positive outcome.

Nimati said the government’s silence over a recent SIGAR that Afghan forces continued to lose territory to insurgents indicated its unpreparedness for upcoming elections.

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) report said 54 of the country’s 407 districts were under rebel control.

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has already declared July 18, 2018 the date for holding upcoming Wolesi Jirga and district council elections.