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US calls for appointment of new IEC members

US calls for appointment of new IEC members

Sep 28, 2016 - 10:51

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States on Tuesday urged the Afghan government to accelerate the process of appointing new members of the Independent Election Commission.

State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner said President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Dr Abdullah had developed a new electoral decree when they came into office.

The decree would determine the process for selecting new members of the Independent Elections Commission (IECinfo-icon) as well as the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECCinfo-icon).

“These are important bodies, because they'll manage the elections, and they have to be viewed as credible by Afghans if future elections are to meet even a minimal threshold of success. So we are urging, and continue to urge, both leaders to make more rapid progress on that front,” he said.

Next week’s donor conference in Brussels, he said, was going to strengthen Afghan institutions, spur economic growth and support the government's reform agenda.

Toner added international support would send a strong signal to the Afghan people and the region that the global community remained committed to a stable and prosperous Afghanistaninfo-icon.

“But, ultimately, these are conversations that need to be had among Afghans and Afghan leaders. I'd refer you to the government of Afghanistan to talk about their political and reform agenda,” he continued.

The US, he said, remain committed to working with the Afghan government and leadership on the reform agenda, and to ensure the smooth democratic transition to the next government.


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