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Warymoch picked as IEC secretary: source

Warymoch picked as IEC secretary: source

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Mar 01, 2017 - 19:25

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Imaminfo-icon Mohammad Warymoch has been appointed as secretary of the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon), a well-placed source said on Wednesday.

A reliable source at the IEC confirmed the appointment of Warymoch to Pajhwok Afghan News.

Warymoch was among nine candidates interviewed at the Presidential Palace yesterday in the presence of President Ashraf Ghani, second vice-president Mohammad Sarwar Danish and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah.

Shah Hussain Murtazawi, deputy presidential spokesman, had earlier said: “After comprehensive assessment, an individual who worth the position would be appointed.”

The IEC about one and a half months back introduced three candidates for the post to the government; however the government could not pick one of them as secretary during the period.

Following disagreement between government leaders over three nominees, another six candidates were introduced for the post two days back despite opposition of the IEC head and his deputy.

The Presidential Palace had asked IEC head Najibullah Ahmadzai to introduce six more nominees from the short list.

Ahmadzai while stressing the government should appoint one from the three nominees as secretary under the Election Law. He said termed the recent application as against the Article 22 of Election and meddling in the IEC work. He denied introducing more candidates.

After rejection of Ahmadzai, the government then asked Waseema Badghisi, deputy head of the IEC, to introduce six more people, a demand that she has met.

Badghisi introduced Abdul Rahim Daud Rahimi, Mohammad Reza Kateb, Syed Jamaluddin Sahibzada, Khwaja Mohammad Asami, Abdul Aziz Musamim and Ahmad Shah Zamanzai for the slot yesterday.

Imam Mohammad Warymoch had been associated with the IEC media commission as a research officer before becoming a member of the commission.

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