Election court will continue working: Haqiq
KABUL (PAN): A special court tasked with looking into allegations of fraud during September’s parliamentary election has a legal mandate and will not stop working until the law asks it to, its chief justice said on Tuesday.
“Our duty is to maintain justice,” Siddiqullah Haqiq, told Pajhwok Afghan News in an exclusive interview.
He said that they would try their utmost to deal with all election-related cases in accordance with the law.
His remarks come after MPs called the establishment of the court “unlawful” and demanded its abolition on Tuesday. It is the second time MPs have called the court illegal after they took an oath from President Hamid Karzai on Jan.26.
The court was established on Dec. 26 last year after the Supreme Court proposed to Karzai that a special court should deal with allegations of fraud and irregularities committed during the Sept. 18 legislative polls.
MPs had agreed to accept the court’s decision on election violations, which could see some of them lose their seats in Parliament.
However, Haqiq said the court had a legal mandate and could not be annulled by Parliament.
“Until the law abolishes the court, we will not stop working.”
Newly elected speaker of the lower house, Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, has backed calls for the court to be abolished.
He also suggested that a delegation from Parliament meet the president to urge him to shut down the court.
However, Nasrullah Stanakzai, a political analyst, said it was unlikely the president had the authority to dissolve the court on his own.
A proposal would first need to be made by the Supreme Court which the president could then sign.
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