Above 400 people submit documents with SC
KABUL (Pajhwok): Stressing the continuation of its work, the Selection Committee (SC) on Thursday said as many as 400 persons, including 30 women, had applied for the posts of new commissioners on the two electoral bodies.
Tasked with nominating commissioners on the election bodies, the10-member selection committee is one of the Electoral Reform Commission (ERC)’s seven suggestions President Ashraf Ghani had decreed.
The selection committee has started registering individuals to be nominated as commissioners on the two electoral bodies, a member of the panel had said.
According to the committee members, interested candidates are required to submit their qualification documents, a copy of Tazkira to the body’s secretary office form Sunday till January 13. The aspirants have to fill out a specific form before submitting their documents.
Naeem Ayubzada, a member of the committee, told reporters here that the process of registration had finished and as many as 400 people had applied.
He said professional, qualified and deserving individuals would be introduced to the Presidential Palace after the evaluation of documents.
Afghanistan citizenship, bachelor’s degree, decent personality, 35 years of age, no criminal record and at least five years of work experience in government and non-governmental organizations are main requirements for individuals applying for the posts.
The selection committee would shortlist 21 nominees for the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and 15 for the Independent Election Complaints Commission (IECC) before introducing them to the president for approval.
The president would finally pick seven nominees and appoint them as commissioners on the IEC and five commissioners on the IECC.
According to Ayubzada, the selection committee had so far held seven meetings and the entire process had been transparent and neutral.
He said no one would be allowed to interfere in the committee’s affairs in order to maintain neutrality in its work.
Earlier, both house of parliament had rejected presidential decrees on possible electoral reforms.
Lawmaker Abdul Qadir Zazai Watandost had asked the house to revoke the decrees because electoral laws approved by the house and endorsed by the president were already in force.
In line with Article 14 of the electoral law, if there is a need for amendments, the issue shall be referred to the Independent Election Commission (IEC).
Ayubzada warned creating obstacles in the way of electoral reforms could prove dangerous and could jeopardize the entire process which would affect early conduct of the parliamentary election.
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