‘Electoral laws be reformed to punish officials involved in rigging’
BAMYAN (Pajhwok): The electoral laws should determine punishment for those committing fraud and rigging in the elections, a member of the Bamyan provincial council said on Thursday.
Abdul Hamid Benawa, Bamyan provincial council member, expressed these views in a meeting with the delegation of the electoral reforms commission.
He said access to polling stations should be similar in far-flung areas and towns since it was difficult for people to commute long ways due to mountainous nature in Bamyan.
Haji Ahmadi, head of political parties’ coordination, told Pajhwok Afghan News fraud took place during elections because there was no punishment assigned for those committing the rigging.
“We are hopeful electoral reforms commission could bring legal and structural changes to the election system,” he added.
A delegation of the electoral reforms commission on Thursday met with members of civil society, religious scholars, university teachers, political parties and local elders, discussing reforms in elections.
Mohammad Ali Amiri, member of the council, said problems that existed in Bamyan included scattering of the population in different areas and lack of polling stations in all the areas.
He added the commission wanted to take views of all people from across the country regarding electoral reforms.
Asadullah Sadati, another member of the commission, said people’s suggestions were coming in both orally and in written which would be referred to the commission in Kabul.
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