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Electoral reform suggestions hard to implement: IEC

Electoral reform suggestions hard to implement: IEC

Sep 05, 2015 - 15:46

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) on Saturday termed the work of Election Reform Commission (ERC) unprofessional, saying its flawed suggestions were hard to implement.

Revamping the system was not possible in the current situation of crisis, the commission said, warning enforcement of the proposals would give birth to more problems that might put a negative impact on coming polls,.

A statement from IEC questioned calls for giving 100 seats to political parties in current circumstances. It said political parties needed more time to mature before being made part of the system.

The election body also showed reservations about the introduction of a new system, saying the people of Afghanistaninfo-icon were not familiar with alternative regimes that could harm public participation in polls.

The IEC termed the creation of constituencies a difficult task at a time when exact facts and figures about the population were not available. Such a move could fuel to ethnic and linguistic differences, it warned.

In addition, the panel said, creation of an authority to monitor the work of election bodies would undermine the independence of the electoral bodies, a step that would be in conflict with Article 156 of the constitution.

The creation of more bodies would add to confusion and there was a need for legislation in this regard, the statement continued, saying a power overlap would pit one panel against the other.

Earlier, electoral watchdogs welcomed ERC suggestions, acknowledging their implementation would be difficult in the prevailing circumstances.

Some of the major suggestions include registration of voters, making the election bodies accountable, the presence of two foreigners in the Independent Election Complaints Commission (IECC), reservation of one Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon seat for the Hindu minority, identification and shrinking of constituencies.

Other proposals include distribution of computerised identity cards, 25 percent representation for womeninfo-icon on provincial and district councils and invalidation of the current voter cards.

The ERC has also suggested the number of Independent Election Commission members should be reduced from nine to seven and the IECC members from seven to five.


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