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Presidential Palace interfering in IEC affairs: MPs

Presidential Palace interfering in IEC affairs: MPs

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Jun 25, 2018 - 22:19

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon members on Monday accused the government of meddling in the electoral affairs, something that could lead to the country’s disintegration, but other lawmakers rejected the allegation.

First deputy speaker of the lower house, Humayon Humayon, demanded free and fair elections and accused the president of interfering in IECinfo-icon affairs.

“The people of Afghanistaninfo-icon don’t want elections which may result into the country’s disintegration,” he said.

“All appointments have been taking place on presidential directives. NATOinfo-icon and the US should be careful about future elections,” he said.

The IEC says over seven million people have registered as voters across the country so far, but Humayon disputed the figures, claiming not even over one  million people had registered as voters for the upcoming polls.

Jafar Mahdavi, a lawmaker from Kabul province, criticized the government and said: “The Presidential Palace behavior is worse than that of Talibaninfo-icon and Daesh if looked at in the current circumstances.”

Obaidullah Barakzai, a lawmaker from Uruzgan province, said individuals whose popularity had declined among people saw their interest in the conflict and were against elections.

He termed peace and elections the need of hour and added individuals who lost their vote bank for not serving the people had been trying to derail the electoral process.

Deputy Presidential spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazavi said Wolesi Jirga members should comment based on credible information.

He said the president had often pledged to stay away from the IEC and its affairs and would not allow others to interfere in elections.

Referring to Mahdavi’s comment, Murtazavi said currently five governors were from the Hazara ethnicity and they enjoyed clear presence in the government structure.

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