Selection body rejects 222 unqualified applicants
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Selection Committee is to complete the process of selecting commissioners-designate for the two electoral bodies over the next three weeks, a member of the committee said on Sunday.
The panel has so far evaluated applications of 722 individuals applying for the post of commissioners on the two electoral bodies, rejecting 222 nominees, said Yousuf Rashid, a member and spokesman of the committee.
Talking to Pajhwok Afghan News during an exclusive interview, he said they had completed identification process for the nominees.
In the first phase, 722 people applied for the posts including 531 for the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and 191 for the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC), he said.
He said 222 applicants --- 182 applying for IEC and 40 for IECC --- were identified as unqualified in the first phase of the selection process.
The selection committee in the second phase of its operation started technical review of documents of qualified nominees, he said.
The number of unqualified applicants probably rose because most of them came from irrelevant fields.
“In the second phase, we identify qualified nominees and shortlist 63 of them for IEC and 45 for IECC, we also consider national and gender partnership in the selection process,” he added.
He said shortlisted nominees would be interviewed several times and 21 of them would be selected for IEC and 15 others for IECC before being referred to the president.
“Fortunately there has been no interference from the government side, the committee does its work honestly and we all stand strong against any kind of interference, all internal and international observers attend our meetings,” he said.
Rashid said the selection committee was trying to complete all its operations and finalize the list of selected nominees within one month.
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