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Parliamentary polls not government priority: TEFA

Parliamentary polls not government priority: TEFA

Jan 18, 2017 - 22:04

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistaninfo-icon (TEFA) on Wednesday said the government was not giving priority to holding of the parliamentary and district council elections.

TEFA chief Mohammad Naeem Ayubzada told a press conference here that TEFA findings showed some political groups were interfering in the election affairs.

He expressed concern over the absence of financial sources for implementation of election plans, dependence of election commissions on government funding and government’s influence on the electoral bodies. He said government’s behavior proved it was not ready for holding elections.

“The government should not impose its plans on the election commissions or interfere in their decisions, it should prevent direct or indirect involvement of some figures,” he said.

Calling government’s negligence and absence of international community’s will for funding election plans as major challenges, Ayubzada said continuation of such problems would leave negative impact on transparency of elections.

On the other hand, he said new members of the election commissions were not likeminded and they politically treated technical process of elections.

Ayubzada asked the election bodies to start their basic operations such as preparing voter lists, designating areas as polling stations and assessing security situation for implementation of their plans as well as sharing the result of their performance with people through the media.

He criticized moral corruption of the previous commissioners and said such issues should be thoroughly investigated in order not to be repeated in future.

The TEFA chief said former election commissioners took all technical materials such as computers with them before leaving their offices.

“A huge amount of budget was spent on the election commissions during the past 14 years, but not even carpets existed in the commissions’ offices when the former commissioners were handing over their offices,” he said.

However, former Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) secretary, Nader Mohsini, rejected taking technical materials from the commission’s office and said all the materials were handed over before leaving the office.


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