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Decision on Karzai's decree next week: IEC

Decision on Karzai's decree next week: IEC

Aug 10, 2011 - 20:17

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) chief on Wednesday said that the commission would announce its decision next week regarding President Hamid Karzai's decree to resolve a lingering dispute over last year's fraud-plagued parliamentary poll.

President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday handed authority for resolving the dispute to the IEC.

The IEC will now be responsible for deciding how many lawmakers should be disqualified from Parliament due to alleged vote-rigging in the September 2010 election.

The decree said the IEC should "immediately finalise" the issue and added: "After this decree, all issues of the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon (Parliamentary) election processed in any other body, apart from the IEC, are considered ended."

The decree dissolved Afghanistaninfo-icon's special election tribunal -- which Karzai had backed -- and disqualified other government bodies from ruling on the issue, which is being eagerly watched by diplomats in Kabul.

The IEC had certified the original election results last November but will now have to issue a fresh ruling, following months of controversy.

Officials said the IEC would have to base its findings on previous court rulings.

In June, the special tribunal ruled in favour of throwing out 62 lawmakers, a quarter of the 249-seat lower house of Parliament.

The IEC chief, Fazl Ahmad Manawi, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the appellant court had authorised Karzai to make a decision, and the president had handed the authority to IEC to resolve all matters related to the election.

The election commission would announce its final verdict next week, he said. However, he did not explain how the controversy would be resolved.

Manawi once again reiterated that the election tribunal was an illegal body.

Gul Rahman Qazi, the head of the Independent Commission for the Supervision of the Implementation of the Constitution (ICSIC), said the president had the authority under articles 60 and 88 to make a decision about the three  pillars of the state in accordance with national interest.

Therefore, he said, the president handed the authority to the IEC to make a final decision about the poll results based on the evidence, findings and verdicts of the special court and the appellant court.


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