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Karzai asked to enforce special court verdict

Karzai asked to enforce special court verdict

Aug 07, 2011 - 16:45

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Sixty-two losing parliamentary candidates, who see a ray of hope in a special court's judgment, asked President Hamid Karzai on Sunday to implement the verdict.

On June 23, the tribunal ordered reinstatement of 62 candidates who had lost their seats or had been disqualified from last year’s parliamentary elections as a result of vote recount in 27 provinces.

At a gathering in Kabul, the candidates said the tribunal's decision was final and no one could reverse it. But head of the parliamentary commission on domestic security insists both the court and its verdict were illegal.

"There is no need for a discussion on the verdict, because it is final and supposed to be implemented," said Daud Sultanzoi, one of the 62 candidates.

Abdul Kabir Ranjbar, a poll loser and participant of the meeting, said no one had the right to change the verdict. According to Article 129 of the Constitution, he said, the court's ruling was binding.

The article states all specific decisions of courts are enforceable, except for capital punishment, which is conditional on approval by the president.

Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon members have repeatedly rejected the court and its activities as illegal. The MPs still stuck to their guns on the issue, said the head of the domestic security panel, Mohammad Naeem Lalai Ahmadzai.

All parliamentarians are ready to resign and take to the streets if the special court replaced unseated anyone of the winning candidates, he added.


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