EU envoy's remarks inconsistent with diplomatic norms: IEC
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday condemned a statement by Francis Michael Milibon, the European Union (EU) ambassador, regarding the current management of the poll panels.
Recently, Ambassador Milibon said in an interview: “It can’t be imagined to conduct upcoming elections in existence of the current management of the electoral commissions and the existing practices.”
In reaction to the remarks, the IEC said the statement was in contradiction to all diplomatic norms and parlance and amounted to obvious intervention in the election affairs of Afghanistan.
The statement acknowledged EU cooperation with the IEC and said it had observed and supported all elections technically and financially during the last decade. But the envoy's statement ignored the independency and impartiality of the IEC, the panel added.
Under Article 156 of the Constitution, IEC has been established to administer and supervise elections. Any change in the organisation necessitates observing provisions of the effective laws in the country.
“The IEC asks diplomatic missions and political groups of the country not to damage the electoral entities and the electoral process by making such statements. There are political purposes behind actions,” the commission concluded.
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