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Govt interfering in IEC affairs against law: AGA

Govt interfering in IEC affairs against law: AGA

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Nov 13, 2016 - 17:56

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghanistaninfo-icon Governors Association (AGA) on Sunday accused the selection committee’s of double standards in its work, and said the government was interfering in the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon)’s affairs.

A statement from the AGA said, “The national unity government which was formed on illegal basis has recently been trying to politicize national foundations including the IEC. The government has violated many other provisions of the Constitution.”

The AGA expressed concern over politicizing the election bodies and said political process would plunge into crisis if the government did not avoid interference in the bodies.

The statement said the selection committee, tasked with introducing members for the election commissions, had been created against the law and its operation was based on double standards.

The statement added the AGA strongly condemned such acts of the government and called on all political parties, civil societyinfo-icon institutions, parliament and politicians to prevent government’s illegal activities.

The selection committee created under a presidential order on October 4 launched its work on November 3 and completed the selection process on November 9.

The committee presented a final list of 36 individuals as commissioners-designate on the two electoral bodies --- the IEC and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) --- to the president for approval on November 9.

The president would choose seven individuals from the list for the IEC and five for the IECC.

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