Electoral reforms panel chief, members appointed
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has appointed a 14-member special Electoral Reforms Commission including the panel’s chief, the Presidential Palace said on Thursday.
A statement from the palace said the commission was aimed at bringing fundamental reforms to the country’s electoral system to ensure free, fair and inclusive elections, strengthen democracy and increase people’s trust in the system and prevent fraud.
The special electoral reforms commission was created through a presidential decree, the statement said. Sultan Shah Akefi has been appointed as the commission chief and Sediqullah Tawhidi as his deputy.
Other members of the panel include Kawoon Kakar, Mohammad Ali Amiri, Abdul Qadir Karyab, Bashir Farooq, Asadullah Sadati, Faizullah Zaki, Saleh Mohammad Registani, Shah Mahmoud Miakhel, Sabrina Saqib, Dr. Alima.
Abdul Majid Ghanizada, representative of the Ministry of Justice and Tadamichi Yamamoto, representative of the United Nations in Afghanistan have also been appointed as members of the commission.
Earlier, the president had appointed lawmaker Shukria Barakzai as the electoral commission chief, a decision strongly opposed by the Chief Executive Office.
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