EU welcomes poll panel's decision
On Sunday, the commission disqualified nine sitting MPs in favour of candidates previously certified as having lost the parliamentary election. The winners were from amongst the 62 replacements announced earlier by a special tribunal.
On June 23, the special court ruled that rigging had occurred in 33 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces. It disqualified 62 of the 249 MPs, nearly a quarter of the lower house, on the basis of a vote recount.
"It is important to ensure that Afghanistan's institutions are sufficiently robust to ensure that in the future, protracted debates between the parties on the correctness of electoral results can be avoided," the envoy said in a statement.
Also the head of the EU Delegation in Afghanistan, Ambassador Ušackas said: "We, therefore, welcome that IEC has made a ruling on this issue, in line with its constitutional responsibilities, and trust that this will be respected."
He reiterated the EU and its member states' commitment to supporting electoral reform, saying that the legislative, judicial and executive powers of Afghanistan would work in unity toward peace, stability and the prosperity of the people.
"The building block of stability lies in developing healthy democratic institutions based on the rule of law and the clear respect for the separation of powers," the ambassador said.
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