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Political crisis stems from traditional electoral system

Political crisis stems from traditional electoral system

Apr 05, 2016 - 19:17

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A member of the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Tuesday said the current political crisis in Afghanistaninfo-icon stemmed from the traditional electoral system.

AECC commissioner Azizullah Aryafar told a press conference here that people in Afghanistan did not try to address root causes of a problem.

He said no basic change had come to the minds and hearts of Afghan politicians and they did not use new methods which had good results in other countries.

“We have the crisis and instability like a big tree, but we are trying to remove a branch of the tree and say we have brought reforms. There would be no reforms if we don’t root out a problem,” he said.

He said if changes were brought to the electoral bodies and still the whole system did not accept internal and externalinfo-icon values, there would be no transparent, desirable and acceptable elections in the country.

“The chairmen of the two election bodies cannot pave the way for electoral fraud even in remote parts of Nimroz, Kandahar, Badakhshan and Balkh provinces,” he said.

On the selection committee, he said its formation was one of the president’s authorities under the Constitution, but no one including the president could violate the laws and regulations.

“If the committee reflects on the desires and intention of the civil societyinfo-icon and if it is free from government influence, then it is a good step for the electoral reform,” he said.




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