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Suspension of IEC members illegal: Manawi

Suspension of IEC members illegal: Manawi

Feb 21, 2011 - 14:19

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The suspension of two election commission members by the Attorney General’s office is illegal, the head of the electoral body said on Monday.

On Sunday, Abdullah Ahmadzai, secretariat of the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon), and Suleman Hamid, a senior IEC member, were suspended by an appellate court with the Attorney General’s approval.

The two are accused of obstructing a special tribunal looking into allegations of fraud during the Sept. 18 parliamentary election.

On Monday, Fazal Ahmad Manawi, head of the IEC, said the prosecutor’s office does not have the authority to suspend the duties of IEC senior members.

Ahmadzai was appointed by the president and only Hamid Karzai has the authority to suspend or dismiss him, Manawi said.

“If we recognise the laws we must respect them, if we do not, its nullification must be announced and that will enable everyone to do whatever they want,” Manawi said.

Even though the commission had finished its work, some people are still trying to stir up trouble to inconvenience Afghan people and the election commission, he said.

“The people must be aware of anything that is illegally imposed,” said Manawi.

The head of IEC also criticised the forceful entry of security forces and officials from the attorney general’s office to the office of election commission on Feb. 14 where they marked and locked the ballot boxes.


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