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IEC warns against election law violations

IEC warns against election law violations

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Dec 23, 2013 - 16:00

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) on Monday announced that presidential candidates would be allowed to start their two-month campaign from Feb. 2.

Similarly, provincial council hopefuls will start their month-long electioneering from March 4, the commission said, asking candidates and political parties to comply with the timelines.

“Some instances have been noticed recently indicating campaign activities of candidates which are clearly against the provisions of the Electoral Law and regulations approved by IEC,” it said.

Any action denoting electoral campaign before the period would be considered an infringement and investigated by the Independent Electoral Complaint Commission (IECC), the panel warned.

It also accused the media of letting candidates’ share their plans with the people and said such programmes amounted to a campaign that contradicted the Electoral Law.

In a statement, the commission urged all stakeholders, particularly candidates and media organisations, to act in accordance with the law. “Another issue which requires to be addressed is impartiality and non-interference by government officials.”

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