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MPs optimistic of poll panel dissolution

MPs optimistic of poll panel dissolution

Mar 09, 2011 - 19:33

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Legislators said on Wednesday they hoped the  special election court looking into allegations of fraud in last year's parliamentary election would be abolished.

Some 38 parliamentarians met President Hamid Karzai and Chief Justice Abdul Salam Azimi on the issue on Tuesday evening, Mohammad Mohaqiq, an MP from Kabul, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

After talks with the president, eight lawmakers had the chance to meet Azimi, he said. The MPs renewed their demand for the panel, set up on Dec. 26, to be abolished.

In line with the special tribunal's directive, a recount of votes is underway in 15 of Afghanistaninfo-icon's 34 provinces. The final election results are likely to be affected once the process is over.

While the meetings were "inconclusive",  the MPs saw a ray of hope in Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Humayun Azizi's assurance to Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon that the problem would be resolved, Mohaqiq said.

Without giving details, he said solving the problem meant abolition of the court. The MP was optimistic that the issue would be resolved by the start of next week.Shakir Kargar, a lawmaker from Faryab province, said the president had asked the MPs to convince protesting candidates to drop their complaints.

Once the protestors agreed, Kargar quoted the president as saying that the panel would be renamed as a common three-instance court. But the MPs rejected the presidential suggestion.

According to him, Azimi said: "Every case that is filed in a court is decided one way or the other, but the tribunal's work cannot be stopped. There is no alternative before the court reaches a decision."


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