FEFA backs IEC decision
KABUL (PAN): The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) on Sunday said although the Independent Election Commission (IEC) decision that unseated nine MPs was against the law but in the larger interest of the nation.
The Independent Election Commission (IEC) disqualified nine sitting MPs in favour of candidates previously certified as having lost the parliamentary election.
IEC Chairman Fazal Ahmad Manawi told a press conference the newly-announced winners were from amongst the 62 replacements announced earlier by the special tribunal.
President Hamid Karzai had referred the issue of controversial election results from last year's parliamentary election to the IEC after the special election commission delivered its verdict on the results almost two weeks ago.
FEFA head Jandad Speenghar told Pajhwok Afghan News they welcomed the IEC decision despite opposition to it from certain circles.
"If the court-declared poll winners and members of Wolesi Jirga do not show any flexibility then the IEC decision can result into more trouble and the electoral system will lose its credibility," Speenghar said.
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