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IEC to be purged of fraud-tainted officials

IEC to be purged of fraud-tainted officials

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Feb 12, 2018 - 16:42

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) leadership on Monday reiterated its resolve to hold elections on time and transparently and promised to remove electoral officials accused of fraud in previous polls in order to restore public trust.

A statement from the High Council of Jihadi Parties received by Pajhwok Afghan News said the council’s members and IEC leading figures discussed holding of the Wolesi Jirga and district council elections during a meeting.

Abbas Basir, secretary of the council and a senior advisor to the president, attended the meeting cleared and declared the council’s stance about the upcoming elections.

He listed as demands of the council creating an election observation committee, changing the election system, observing the law in removing or employing election commissioners, creating polling stations in welfare facilities in consideration of public access, preparing voter lists and firing officials involved in fraud.

IEC head Abdul Baday Sayyad, speaking to the meeting, said that fair and transparent elections could not be held without the support of political parties, influential figures and the public.

He thanked political parties’ leaders for their views on elections and stressed the need for more such meetings in future.

The IEC members presented information about progress in preparations for the upcoming elections and a reform program in the commission and said they were operating independently and were able to prevent interferences with the support of political parties.

They said the reform program in the commission was underway in line with the law and those involved in past electoral fraud would be removed from the election body.

On the other hand, Sibghatullah Mujadadi, head of High Council of Jihadi Parties, said that the council fully supported the IEC.

He appreciated efforts of the commission leadership and said current leaders of the IEC were honest people and there was a hope for a transparent election in the future.

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