Selection Committee must start work immediately: CEO
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Chief Executive Office on Monday stressed the Selection Committee of election commission members must start its work without further delay, warning any delay would negatively affect the election process.
At the end of August, the Electoral Reforms Commission (ERC) after discussions with different segments of society submitted a set of 10 suggestions regarding electoral reforms to the government.
President Ashraf Ghani approved seven of the suggestions and tasked the panel with finding ways of implementation of the remaining three proposals.
Formation of the seven-member Selection Committee was among the suggestions of the ERC. The committee is responsible for proposing to the government new members of the election commissions.
Three civil society nominees, including a woman, one representative each from the Supreme Court Council, the human rights commission, the oversight committee on implementation of the constitutions and the administrative reform panel are members of the Selection Committee.
Asif Ashna, deputy spokesman for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), said government agencies and civil society representatives had been selected for the committee and the CEO Secretariat supported it.
“We believe any delay in this regard will affect the electoral process and would further push back the elections. The more delay occurs in parliamentary and district council elections, the more democracy will suffer in Afghanistan,” he added.
Ashna said the CEO expected the president to take a decision in this regard soon and based on ERC suggestions, the Selection Committee should start its work immediately.
The committee is responsible for introducing 21 candidates for the membership of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and 15 more for the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) to the president.
Out of these candidates, the president will then select seven members of the IEC and five for IECC. The Presidential Palace says the committee will start its work soon, but based on reports, disagreements among civil society organisations to introduce their representatives have cause the delay.
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