Manawi seeks changes in law on poll panels
Fazal Ahmad Manawi, addressing a news conference in Kabul, said the law had certain legal flaws that should be removed through amendments.
“There are tens of weaknesses in this piece of legislation…but we should highlight the clauses that are in conflict with the constitution and basic democratic norms,” he said.
A joint commission of both houses of parliament approved on July 15 the election law. The panel passed controversial articles after a majority of members voted in their favour.
The head of a committee introducing Electoral Complaints Commission and IEC members to the president will be elected under the law version passed by the upper house. He/she should have only Afghan nationality.
He also questioned the inclusion of the chief justice in the committee, arguing: “It’s not a judicial issue that requires his presence. And why should we task our key institutions with irrelevant things?”
Despite branding the committee as unlawful, Manawi said: “I being a government servant will have to quit whenever my replacement is appointed. I’m bound to cooperate with my successor.”
He continues to stay as IEC head, though his constitutional tenure expired several months ago. Giving equal powers to the election commissions under the law would create serious problems, he warned.
Manawi said he had discussed with Karzai the legal flaws with the law, which the president has already sanctioned.
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