Electoral reforms panel work again postponed
KABUL (Pajhwok): The electoral reforms commission work has been delayed once again due to technical issues and changes in the panel’s member list, an official said on Tuesday.
The commission was supposed to start work last week.
The formation of electoral reforms was a major point of agreement on which the unity government was formed. The commission was formed following a presidential decree three months back but is yet to embark on its work.
Javed Faisal, deputy spokesman of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), told Pajhwok Afghan News the panel was all set to start work last week “but its work has been postponed due to some technical issues and changes in the list of the panel’s members.”
Discussions were ongoing among leaders of unity government, he said, hoping they would soon pave way for commission to start work.
Faisal added the government would bring reforms to electoral process, thus it was imperative that both leaders agreed on head of the panel.
Election monitor and civil society organizations insist the commission should start work without further delay. They say the commission’s suggestions should be final and the government leaders not take final decisions about elections.
Following the formation of the commission, president chose lawmaker Shukria Barekzai to head the panel but she faced stern opposition from the CEO.
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