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ACSEN wants selection committee launched forthwith

ACSEN wants selection committee launched forthwith

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Nov 19, 2015 - 17:43

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghanistaninfo-icon Civil Societyinfo-icon Election Network (ACSEN) on Thursday said the delay in launching the proposed Selection Committee was hurting the electoral reform process and the conduct of parliamentary and district council polls.

ACSEN, a coalition of over hundred civil society groups, has been working to ensure free, fair and transparent elections in the country.

Roshan Seran, a member of ACSEN, told reporters in Kabul that the government should not derail the electoral reform process by postponing the selection committee’s launch.

The committee has been proposed by the Electoral Reform Commission to nominate members for the two electoral bodies.

“We are afraid that a further delay in launching the selection committee will complicate the reform process and will hold in abeyance elections to the lower house of parliament,” he remarked.

He said ACSEN had already introduced its members to the committee and they saw no reason to defer the committee’s work launch.

The proposed seven-member selection committee is one of ERC suggestions and the body will be responsible to introduce fresh faces as members of the electoral bodies.

The selection committee would evaluate applications for membership of the electoral bodies and at the end would introduce 21 candidates for the membership of the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) and 15 other candidates for membership of the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) to the president.

Out of these candidates, the president would select seven members for the IEC and five members for the IECC. The incumbent IEC and IECC members maintain their removal would be against the law.

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