IEC appointments: EWA unveils mechanism
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Election Watch Afghanistan (EWA) has introduced a new mechanism for the appointment of Independent Election Commission (IEC) members and addressing poll-related complaints in a judicious manner.
EWA Director Jahandad Spinghar, in an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, said the new mechanism included suggestions regarding the election process.
He said there were some problems in the selection committee that appointed employees for the IEC and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC).
“The selection committee was previously unable to guarantee the efficiency of commissioners, because some of them were supporters of a political party or their qualifications didn’t job requirements,” he explained.
Under the new mechanism, the committee should include heads of the Supreme Court, constitution observation commission, defense lawyers’ association, Kabul University Scientific Council and Afghanistan science academy.
The previous body was comprised of Wolesi Jirga and Meshrano Jirga’s chairmen, chief justice, head of the constitution observation commission, human rights commission chief and civil society representatives.
Spinghar said the new suggestions about the selection committee were about the appointment of individuals, with broad knowledge of polls and having no political affiliations, as commissioners.
He said the individuals who would be appointed as commissioners should have good reputation with society and vast experience in handling election affaires.
Spinghar said the committee should introduce as many as 30 efficient individuals from among the candidates to the president, who should name 15 competent people to the Wolesi Jirga for vote of confidence.
The Wolesi Jirga will cast votes of confidence for 15 candidates. The top seven vote-winners should be appointed as IEC commissioners, he suggested.
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