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Commissioners divided on IEC chief nominee

Commissioners divided on IEC chief nominee

Jan 31, 2018 - 00:21

KABUL (Pajhwok): Despite the passage of three months since former Independent Election Commission (IEC) chief’s removal, the electoral body members are yet to agree on electing a new chief.

Former IEC chief Najib Ahmadzai was sacked by the president in November 15, 2017 following differences among the commission members. Two months back, on January 13, the President approved Sayed Hafizullah Hashemi as last member of the commission.

However, IEC commissioners have been unable to elect head and other leadership members of the commission.

Some IEC officials, who wished to go unnamed, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the commission members were divided over nominee for the commission election chief.

One IEC official said three IEC members including Rafiullah Baidar, Sayed Hafizullah Hashemi and Abdul Baday Sayad were nominated for the slot, but Hashemi withdrew in support of Baidar.

A number of commission members including Baidar, Hashemi, Wasima Badghesi, Mazullah Dawlati and Abdul Qader Quraishi have formed a separate bloc.

“This team has appointed Rafiullah Baidar as IEC head and negotiations for deputy head and secretary are underway.”

However, Abdul Baday Sayad, IEC spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that discussions were underway inconclusive on IEC head appointment and other leadership members.

On the other hand, Hashemi said they had to postpone a planned internal voting on Tuesday to elect the commission head due to absence of one member.

“We six members of the commission are discussing to find a way which is acceptable to all, we hope we will reach an agreement until the end of the day,” Hashemi concluded.