Female Khost PC member disqualified, replaced
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): A female member of the provincial council of southeastern Khost province has been disqualified and replaced by her runner up in the provincial council elections.
Khost Independent Election Commission head Abdul Rahman Mohabbat introduced the new provincial council member at a ceremony held in this regard here on Sunday.
He said the former female PC member Hakmina’s high school certificate had been found fake during an investigation by a committee appointed by the provincial IEC office.
He said Hakmina was replaced by another provincial council candidate Nimat Bibi who had grabbed the second most votes after Hakmina in last year’s elections.
Nimat Bibi had been member of the provincial council during the last two terms, but could not make it to the body last time.
Hakmina had also been member of the council in the previous two terms but that time education was not a condition for contesting the PC polls. However, later the electoral law was amended making high school graduation mandatory for candidates.
Khost PC head Abdul Wali Wahidzai, however, praised Hakmina’s services and efforts at strengthening women’s rights.
He urged the new member, Nimat Bibi, to make untiring efforts towards serving the people, especially the women.
But disqualified Hakmina told Pajhwok Afghan News there was no problem in her academic certificate, but she fell prey to a conspiracy.
She said she had completed her high school during the former Soviet Union invasion of Afghanistan at Malalai High School in Peshawar. Hakmina vowed to get her right back through any possible means.
The Khost provincial council has 15 members, including three females.
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