Govt purposefully delaying selection body work: FEFA
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) on Monday voiced its concern about the delay in launching work by the Selection Committee, accusing the government of intentionally creating differences among civil society groups to postpone the panel’s launch.
Formation of the proposed selection committee is part of the suggestions the Electoral Reform Commission has submitted to the government. The selection body would introduce new members for the election commissions.
The body is composed of four representatives, including a woman, from civil society, a member of the Supreme Court High Council, a member of the human rights commission, a member of the commission overseeing the implementation of the Constitution and a member of the administrative reforms commission.
The Presidential Palace has linked the delay in launching the panel to differences among civil society groups over their representatives as members of the committee.
But FEFA officials denied differences among civil society groups and accused the government trying to flare such differences.
Yousuf Rashid, FEFA chief executive, speaking at an event in Kabul, said the delay was unacceptable for them and the committee should start its work immediately.
“The civil society should not be used as means by politicians to create differences. It shouldn’t reach a point where there would be no representative from the civil society in the committee,” he added.
Mia Gul Wasiq, socio-political relations director at the Office of Administrative Affairs, rejected the allegations that the government was behind the differences among civil society organisations.
He said civil society organisations were many and the government could not be in contact with all. He said owing to differences, the groups were unable to introduce their representatives, thus delaying the selection committee’s work.
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