At long last, selection committee swings into action
KABUL (Pajhwok): The selection committee, tasked with nominating members of the two electoral commissions, finally launched its work on Thursday.
The committee promised complete impartiality and transparency in its decisions, saying the national interests and the constitution would be respected.
Having seven members, the committee had been proposed by the Electoral Reform Commission (ERC) in its suggestions to the national unity government.
A woman from civil society and one representative each from the Supreme Court, High Council, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and the Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of Constitution (ICOIC) are among its members.
A representative from the Administrative Reform and Civil Services Commission is also included in the selection committee.
Din Mohammad Gran represents the Supreme Court, Mohammad Nader Hotak the Administrative Reform Commission, Lutfur Rahman Sayeed the ICOIC and Fahim Dashti the media.
Naeem Ayubzada is a representative of civil society, Zarqa Yaftali of women rights activists and Ahmad Zia Langari of AIHRC.
While embarking on its task, the committee voted to elect its head. Din Mohammad Gran was elected as the committee’s leader and Fahim Dashti as its spokesman.
Gran assured the panel’s proceedings would be based on the law and all its decisions would be impartial. “The committee will stay neutral, protect the national interest and respect the election law.”
Gran added the committee was responsible for recommending 21 nominees for the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and 15 for the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) to the president.
The president would approve seven of the nominees for IEC and five for IECC, he explained.
The committee started its work days after the Wolesi Jirga rejected several presidential decrees on election reform, amending the election law and responsibilities of the commissions.
However, committee spokesman Fahim Dashti said the legislative decrees could not be fully rejected until both houses of parliament took a final decision on them.
“Two presidential decrees about the election should be referred to the Meshrano Jira. If the Senate approves them, a join committee of the two houses will make a final decision on the issue,” he explained.
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