Unseated MP's supporters protest IEC decision
SHARAN (PAN): Supporters of a disqualified Wolesi Jirga member from southeastern Paktika province on Tuesday staged a protest against the Independent Election Commission (IEC) decision of unseating nine sitting MPs.
Led by Abdul Zahir Qadeer, leader of the Coalition to Support the Enforcement of Law, the demonstration was staged in Sharan city, the provincial capital.
The IEC , authorized by President Hamid Karzai to resolve the lingering dispute over the results from last year's parliamentary election, has declared nine sitting MPs as disqualified in favour of as many candidates, who were earlier declared as losers.
Chanting slogans against IEC head, Muhammad Afzal Manawi, the protestors denounced the decision as unlawful. Muhammad Raza, one of the protestors, said there was no justification for unseating Qadeer and that his replacement was a result of a political plot.
"Qadeer is an active and real leader of the area. He has been elected by a majority vote," said Syed Hayaullah Zaland, a member of the Youth Cultural Coordination Association.
Maulvi Zabitullah, another protester, asked the IEC to resolve the problem in accordance with the law. "Disqualifying Qadeer means that our votes have no value," he said. The protestors issued a six-point resolution, asking the commission to reverse its decision.
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