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IECC officials put on duty countrywide

IECC officials put on duty countrywide

Mar 03, 2014 - 16:18

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): After a months-long delay, the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Monday sent its commissioners to provinces to perform election duty.

Six months back, the commissioners were scheduled to start their duties in all provinces but the IECC managed to send its 100 commissioners for formal duties in the provinces.

The IECC officials said offices had been opened in all the 34 provinces where elections related issues would be tackled including electoral complaints. 

Mohammad Nadir Muhsini, the IECC spokesperson, told Pajhwok Afghan News three commissioners were appointed to each province. He said four of the elections’ officials had resigned before resuming their duties.

Without giving details into the resignation tendered by the four officials, he said a woman had also among those resigned as she was unable to work in Logar province.

It merits mention that growing insecurity and militants’ threats are some challenges created concerns among people and elections’ officials, with analysts believe it could force people not to cast their votes.

However, the IECC secretariat said, insecurity was a countrywide problem and tendering resignation by some officials was their personal issue.

Establishment of offices, technical problems and inadequate funding forced the IECC to send the officials after months of delay, he added.

The organizations allocating funds for elections later accepted to set aside budget for the provincial offices, Muhsini said, adding the delay did not affect their process, but it caused workload in central office.

Regarding the efficiency of the provincial offices, he said: “In accordance with electoral law, provincial offices are authorized to asses’ local complaints and reduce the workload of central office.”

He went on to say the IECC had processed hundreds of electoral complaints, besides scrutinized the documents of 400 provincial council contenders and subsequently disqualified ten of them.

At least 2,700 contenders have filed nominations to contest the provincial council elections while 11 others contest the presidential polls.




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