Khost council holds administrative board election
KHOST CITY (PAN): After a two-month delay, the provincial council in southeastern Khost on Thursday held its administrative board’s election, but controversy over the panel head’s nomination lingers on.
Daud Shah Makinzoy was elected as head of the council, Jan Mir Zazai his deputy and Zuhra Jalal as secretary. Four members stayed away from the ballot due differences over nomination of the council’s head.
After his election, Makinzoy said the ballot was supposed to take place on January 26 under the relevant law, but it happened after a delay of two months and three days because some members deliberately stayed absent.
“The previous administrative board officials knew they are going to lose the elections and opted to stay away,” he alleged.More than half of council members (five) participated in the ballot and elected the board, he added. “During my year-long stay in office, I would try my best to resolve residents’ problem,” Makinzoy promised.
Member of an election observation commission, Jamal Tanai, billed the polls as fair and transparent. Although only a few members were present, the election had to take place, he remarked.
But former provincial council chief, Syed Karim Khaksar, who did not participate in the ballot, rejected the election. He said the polls should have been held in the presence of officials from the governor’s house, the election commission and UNAMA.
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