IEC cautions against amendments to electoral laws
Abdul Rahman Hotaki, IEC deputy chief, told journalists in Kabul last year’s elections showed electoral fraud had resulted from insecurity, lack of rule of law, population census and interference of government officials and powerful individuals in the process.
For uprooting fraud and conducting fair elections, he said, it was necessary that electoral reforms were implemented in line with the current laws.
He warned against any political deal over the IEC, saying such behaviors would be unacceptable for them.
“We are of the opinion that in the current situation in the country any amendments in the laws could prove detrimental to the Afghan people because political behaviours only benefit particular groups.”
According to Hotaki, the electoral laws should be amended through legal channels and it was the election commissions’ responsibility to propose amendments to the National Assembly only when the parliament was not in its last legislative year.
Recently the Chief Executive Officer office announced that a date for holding parliamentary election would be specified after the implementation of reforms by the Electoral Reform Commission. The CEO office said new members of the IEC would fix the date as the incumbent members were not in a position to do so.
After month-long discussions with different segments of the society, the electoral reform commission submitted a set of 10 suggestions to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, who had endorsed seven of them.
Hotaki said the IEC had been ready to conduct parliamentary and district council elections, but the government had not accepted their suggestions.
“We want the president to cooperate with the commission in conducting elections on a date that we will specify,” he added.
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