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Disgruntled reform panel members submit own proposals

Disgruntled reform panel members submit own proposals

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Aug 31, 2015 - 18:16

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Two protesting members of the Electoral Reform Commission have submitted their own set of suggestions to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), an official said on Monday.

The two, Kawoon Kakar and Shah Mahmood Miakhail, announced boycotting the panel’s meetings on Saturday over what they said their other colleagues wanted to allocate 100 of the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon’s 249 seats to political groups.

Javed Faisal, deputy CEO spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the commission members presented their suggestions to the CEO on Sunday, when the two protesting members were also present and they submitted their own separate proposals.

Faisal said all the suggestions would be evaluated by the CEO and the government would act in accordance with the law.

He said electoral reforms remained the government’s top priority and commended the reform panel’s performance during the past one month.

He said the government would try to plan how to implement these suggestions and specify a date for the next parliamentary elections.

Earlier, Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani, the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) chief, had said political differences and lack of budget led to the postponement of the parliamentary vote for indefinite time.

Asking the government to keep political wrangling away from elections, Nuristani said if the Electoral Reform Commission’s decisions were not in line with the law, they wouldn’t be acceptable to the IEC.

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