Selection body officially launches work, vows impartiality
KABUL (Pajhwok): The selection committee, tasked with nominating commissioners on the two electoral bodies, officially launched its work on Wednesday, vowing impartiality in its decisions and protecting Afghanistan’s national interests.
The 5-member selection committee is part of the electoral reforms under the unity government deal. The committee has been tasked with introducing new individuals to the government as commissioners on the electoral bodies.
The selection committee members include one member of the Supreme Court High Council, one from Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), one from Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of Constitution (ICOIC), two from civil society and women groups. According to the new election law, the chairman of the committee is the representative of the Supreme Court.
Qazawatmal Javed Rashidi, the head, promised the panel would work with complete independence and according to the Constitution and said they would observe merit and transparency in their performance.
“I have been tasked by the Supreme Court High Council and I will currently make efforts to take forward the national process with sincerity.”
Rashidi, the Supreme Court representative in the committee, said more than 400 requests for membership of the electoral bodies had been received and other eligible individuals could also submit their requests to the committee.
Yousuf Rashid, another member of the selection committee, said volunteers seeking membership of the committee should have Afghanistan nationality, 35 years of age, have higher education, 5-10 years of experience in government and non-government organizations.
He said the applicants shouldn’t have committed any crime and shouldn’t have membership of any political party. He said whoever met these conditions could apply for the job.
The selection committee has been tasked to introduce to the president 21 individuals for the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and 15 others for the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC). Of these, President Ghani would appoint seven commissioners on IEC and five others on IECC.
The selection committee officially launched its work after once cancelling its task due to differences between the two government leaders and rejection of two electoral reform decrees of the president by the lower house of parliament.
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