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Insecurity may mar next year’s elections: IECC

Insecurity may mar next year’s elections: IECC

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Sep 13, 2017 - 20:02

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Concerned over the deteriorating security situation in the country, the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Wednesday said holding next year’s Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon and district council polls would face numerous issues if the security situation wasn’t improved.

Abdul Aziz Aryayi, IECC head, shared the commission’s eight-month work performance report with media representatives at a press conference here.

Aryayi said 96 percent of the total polling stations had been assessed by the IECC and of the all 366 districts, the voting would not take place in 33 districts due to insecurity. He said security situation in some other districts was vulnerable.

He said the IECC was committed to ensuing transparency in the election process. He asked all the organizations concerned to discharge their responsibility effectively. Aryayi also asked security forces to ensure security of insecure areas in cooperation with foreign forces.

The IECC head said during the past eight months, about 45 percent of IECC annual plan had been implemented in various fields ranging from reforms, policies, and agreements to recruiting and training provincial commissioners and employees.

He also mentioned the introduction of three individuals to President Ashraf Ghani to choose one among them as IECC secretariat head. Four months had passed, but the president was yet to fill the post, he complained.

Aryayi spoke about his organization’s financial problems, saying the IECC was struggling with the lack of budget and the government should take this issue seriously.

The Independent Election Commission has announced July 7, 2018 as the date for holding parliamentary and district council elections.

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