Proposed transparent election committee called illegal
KABUL (Pajhwok): Election observers say the creation of a transparent election committee proposed by the Electoral Reform Commission (ERC) is illegal and undermines the independence of election bodies.
The ERC last week shared with the president its 11 recommendations that include the creation of a transparent election committee.
Based on the proposal, the committee should be composed of a member of the Supreme Court as its head, the deputy attorney general as auditor, a member of the Independent Human Rights Commission, a member of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and a representative of the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC).
Deciding disputed matters between the IEC and the ECC, addressing complaints against members of the two election bodies and officials of the secretariats will be among the duties of the proposed committee that will also refer criminal cases to judicial organs.
Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) executive chief Mohammad Yousuf Rashid told Pajhwok Afghan News the creation of such committees could not solve elections-related problems, but would further complicate such cases.
“No one will trust the election commissions if this committee is created because all issues will be referred to and addressed by the committee itself and the panel will be unable to cope with all complaints from the people,” he said.
Rashid said the best way to address differences between IEC and ECC was the creation of a join committee. He said elections-related cases should be addressed by the Supreme Court.
Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) head Mohammad Naim Ayubzada also said creating a transparency committee to address differences had no legal status.
“The proposed committee was agreed under a political agreement for a temporary period while the list of its duties is still unclear,” he said, adding that the implementation of the committee could create more problems.
A statement from the IEC also opposed the creation of the committee and said increase in election observers could create more problems in addressing complaints.
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