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Ex-ECC spokesman ready to face probe

Ex-ECC spokesman ready to face probe

Aug 16, 2011 - 17:25

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): While defending his decisions, a former Electoral Complaints Commission (ECCinfo-icon) spokesman said on Tuesday he was ready to face an inquiry.

A 137-member coalition has been staging a sit-in in the national assembly since Thursday, a day after President Hamid Karzai authorised the election commission to resolve the dispute over election results.

Speaking to protestors on the sixth day of the sit-in, the former ECC spokesman, Ahmad Zia Rafat, said: "I am ready to defend, even in a special court, the decisions I have made."

The ECC invalidated about 1.3 million votes and declared the 249 elections winners."If the IECinfo-icon changes the final results, it will misuse its authority," he warned.

In June, the special tribunal ruled in favour of throwing out 62 lawmakers, a quarter of the 249-seat lower house of Parliament.

On August 10, the second deputy speaker of Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon, Ahmad Behzad, said Karzai had warned election officials either to enforce his order or be ready to go to jail. 

Head of Coalition for the Support of Law, Haji Zahir Qadir, said the presidency could not make changes to the final results. "King Karzai should be ready to face more laws that MPs are working on. He should not take all decisions unilaterally."


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