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IECC in trouble after sacking 5 officers: Source

IECC in trouble after sacking 5 officers: Source

Jan 31, 2018 - 19:12

KABUL (Pajhwok): Three months have passed since five senior officials of the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) were fired, but their replacement has turned into a trouble.

On October 22, 2017, the IECC sacked its five officers with approval from Abdul Aziz Aryayee, head of the commission.

At the time, the commission had said the officers were sacked in accordance with article 33 of the election law.

Deception in electronic attendance system, defying president’s orders on acting position in administrative and financial areas, creating problems for reforms in the commission, violating rules of law and some other reasons were cited behind removal of the five IECC officers.

However, Humaira Haqmal, IECC deputy head, had said the commission head sacked the IECC officers based on personal grudges and discrimination.

An official of the complaints commission told Pajhwok Afghan News after the five officials were sacked, the Presidential Palace asked the Attorney General Office and the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC) to provide their own views on the issue under the country’s laws.

The president had sent a document to the two organizations with a statement that read: “This letter to the (AGO and IARCSC) should be shared with the IECC and the IECC head should invite the sacked workers and refer them to the attorneys with legal reasons proving their crimes, no person or institute could violate the election law.”

Wali Khan Shabgir, who is responsible for enforcing the president’s orders, has asked the IECC to follow the president’s orders and share their performance report with the Presidential Palace on November 28, 2017.

However, a day after sending the letter to IECC, Shabgir sent another letter, asking the commission to ignore the president’s orders and wait until the president’s next directives.

Humaira Haqmal, deputy IECC head, later sent a letter to the Presidential Palace, accusing Second Vice-President Sarwar Danish of interfering in the commission’s affairs regarding the removal of the five officers.

The letter sent to the Presidential Palace on January 23, says: “One of the friends of the second vice-president is nominated for IECC secretary slot. The second vice-president has cut a deal with the commission head on appointing Nasir Ahmad Mahmodi as secretary of the commission.”

Pajhwok tried to contact the Presidential Palace for comment in this regard, but failed.