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Ghazni election crisis deepens, no candidate registered so far

Ghazni election crisis deepens, no candidate registered so far

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May 29, 2018 - 18:37

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): No one could register as yet as candidate in the upcoming Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon and District Council’s elections in southern Ghazni province due to the closure of Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) office.

Obaidullah, a protester and an aspirant candidate in the lower house polls, said he would not register himself until the provincial IEC officer decided future of elections in Ghazni.

“We want elections in Ghazni to be contested based on constituencies, if not, we will not register and will not allow others to register in the IEC office,” he said.

Few days back, the IEC declared each province a single constituency, as there was no time to introduce fresh reforms.

A member of the provincial council, Nasir Ahmad Faqiri, said the provincial IEC office should be allowed to open and register candidates.

“The candidate registration should have started on schedule in Ghazni, but as the IEC office is still closed by protestor, the process is yet to be started.”

Governor’s spokesman Mohammad Arif Noori told Pajhwok Afghan News that deciding constituency was above the authority of the provincial government.

“It is up to the president and the IEC how they convince people in this regard,” he said.

Meanwhile, local IEC officials in Ghazni said due to the continued closure of the IEC office, they could not discharge their activities.

Ghazni residents raise demand for constituency based elections after 11 candidates from the Hazara community managed to win the previous Wolesi Jirga elections.

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