Electoral reform panel to start work before weekend
KABUL (Pajhwok): The office of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on Wednesday reassured the electoral reforms commission would start work by the end of current week amid claims that all differences between leaders of the unity government regarding electoral reforms had been resolved.
Electoral reforms was a major point of agreement between President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah, based on which the unity government was formed.
Based on a presidential decree, the electoral reforms commission was formed three months back, but the panel has yet to officially resume work.
Javed Faisal, deputy CEO spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the panel would start work by end of the week with president officially issuing a decree about it.
“Based on the unity government leaders’ commitment, it is planned that the commission should start work by end of the week. No more excuse is left to cause delay for the commission’s work,” he added.
According to Faisal, all differences have been resolved and both leaders were on same page about commission’s work.
Two months back, lawmaker Shukria Barekzai was appointed as head of the panel by the president. The move was opposed by the CEO and no alternative has officially been nominated for the post.
Deputy CEO spokesman without going into details said the differences over appointment of the panel’s head had also been resolved. “If anyone wants it or not electoral reforms have to come. Without reforms there will be no elections.”
Meanwhile, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) say the government is not capable of conduction parliamentary elections this year and an alternative date would be announced soon.
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