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Parliamentary group denounces IEC decision as illegal

Parliamentary group denounces IEC decision as illegal

Aug 21, 2011 - 19:55

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): A parliamentary group " the Coalition to Support the Enforcement of Law" on Sunday condemned as illegal the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) decision that unseated nine sitting MPs in favour of candidates previously certified as having lost the 2010 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.

The Law Supporting Coalition strongly condemned the decision, calling it unjust.

"The decision is unlawful and we would never accept it", the coalition head, Abdul Zahir Qadeer, said.

"We should not allow anyone to dismiss any member of Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon and would support our colleagues," he said. He said they would join hands with civil societyinfo-icon organizations against the decision.

Another member of the coalition Muhammad Naeem Hameedzai said they would stand by their colleagues.

He also said that the coalition would open offices in all provinces to mobilise masses against the IEC decision.

"Our very quick response will be staging protest in front of Presidential Palace and the demand of President's resignation," he announced.

Another member of the coalition from Daikundi province Asadullah Saadati said the election commission had bypassed the law in making its decision that unseated vulnerable MPs.


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