6 months on, Uruzgan PC yet to elect admin board
TARINKOT (Pajhwok): Owing to differences, the provincial council (PC) of central Uruzgan province has been unable to elect its administrative board despite the passage of six months.
The country’s electoral law binds all provincial councils to elect from amongst their members provincial council head, deputy head and secretary in order to advance their affairs.
The PC elections were held simultaneously with the first round of presidential elections on April 5. However, the second round of presidential election on June 14 went controversial, also delaying results from the provincial council elections for seven months.
All other provincial councils have elected their heads, deputies and secretaries, except the provincial council of Uruzgan province.
Residents and civil society activists believe differences among the PC members are the main reason behind their inability to elect the administrative board. They accuse the public representatives of keeping their own interests supreme over those of people.
Civil society activist, Hamidullah, said the delay in election of the administrative board amounted to ignoring their responsibilities and disrespecting people’s votes.
Residents said a large number of people daily visited the provincial council office in Tarinkot, the provincial capital, but they found no one in the office.
Charchino district resident Ali Jan said he had visited the PC office thrice, but was told each time that the council members had left for attending a gathering. “I don’t like the name of provincial council. I will never vote for anyone contesting provincial council election,” a disappointed Ali Jan said.
A member of the council, Abdul Karim Khadimzai, told Pajhwok Afghan News he and several other colleagues had not long visited their office.
He said they could not elect the administrative board because of differences among members over the election of their senatorial candidate.
The council has once unanimously elected a member, Mohammad Zahir, as the senatorial candidate few months ago, but his nomination as member of the upper house was rejected by the Independent Election Commission for being below the required age.
The council has since been unable to elect the Adminstrative board. Khadimzai said five of the nine members were living in Kabul.
He said the council would not hold the ballot to elect the Administrative board until the election commission forced it to do so.
IEC chief for Uruzgan, Ahmad Shah Qanuni, said they had repeatedly asked the provincial council to elect its administrative board and no one was appearing.
He said the quorum for electing the administrative board was incomplete because only four members were present in Uruzgan.
But another member, Hayatullah Fazli, who vied for the senate membership against his rival candidate Mohammad Hanif Hanifi, accused Hanifi of making it to the upper house through fraud. He said he would not go to the provincial council office until the issue of fraud by Hanafi was cleared.
Fazli and Hanifi secured four votes each from the nine-member provincial council, but the IEC declared Hanifi the winner for his high education. But Fazli said Hanifi’s documents were fake.
It is said that another two members of the council, who are relatives of Fazli, have also been staying away from attending the council office.
Fazli also said the administrative board election was not possible until the issue between him and Hanifi was resolved.
Fazli said: “I have lodged a complaint against Hanifi to get the problem resolved; otherwise no one will take part in the election.”
Some time ago, the acting governor, Amanullah Taimuri, had said the differences among the council members had a negative impact on government’s activities, leaving some projects incomplete.
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