Interference in selection body work is crime: Ghani
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Monday said anyone who interfered in the Selection Committee’s affairs would be considered a criminal and brought to justice.
Ghani expressed these views during a meeting with the committee’s members at the Presidential Palace, a statement from the palace said.
It said selection committee secretary Shukrullah Atif shared his report about working facilities made available to the committee with the president.
The selection committee chief, Javid Rashidi, who also participated in the meeting, provided information about the performance of the committee and assured the president of full impartiality in selecting candidates for the membership of the election commissions.
“We did not witness any interference from anyone, we assure that our operations would continue without any problem,” he said.
Internal procedures and working schedule of the selection committee have been prepared and shared with the media, he said.
“We are working on documents of candidates in several phases, in the final phase, we will finalize the list of candidates based on the election law and defined procedures and standards,” Rashidi said.
He said all meetings of the selection committee were public and took place in presence of media outlets and election observers.
Mari Akrami, a member of the committee, said: “Females also applied for membership of election commissions, they have higher education and we hope qualified women would be selected for the commissions’ membership.”
For his part, President Ghani said no political interference was allowed in the committee’s affairs and such attempts would be regarded a crime.
He said the selection process should be transparent based on interviews and in front of parliament members.
Transparency in the selection process would also restore public trust in the election commissions, he added.
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