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IECC refuses to register complaint against Baghlan candidate

IECC refuses to register complaint against Baghlan candidate

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Jul 31, 2018 - 17:27

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) has been refusing to register complaint against a Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon candidate accused of killing 10 people and spearheading an illegal militia in northern Baghlan province.

However, the IECC argued it could not register complaints now because the time to register complaints registration expired on June 30.

Two men and a woman, residents of Jalga district of Baghlan province traveled to Kabul to register a complaint against Delawar Imaq, a Wolesi Jirga candidate in the upcoming elections.

They asked the IECC to remove Imaq from the list of Wolesi Jirga candidates. Carrying photographs of their relatives allegedly killed by Jabbar, an illegal commander linked to Imaq, the three persons said their 10 relatives had been killed by Jabbar who had the backing of Imaq.

Haji Habib, one of the protestors, said his seven other relatives had also been killed by Imaq but they could not come to Kabul and register a complaint because they could not afford their travel costs.

He said they wanted to register a complaint on behalf of their other relatives in the IECC.

“We came to Kabul because no government offices in Baghlan take our complaints,” Habib said.

He claimed two of his sons, with one of them named Ibrahim who worked in police in Jalga district, were killed by Jabbar, a bodyguard and supporter of Imaq.

The female protestor, who carried her son’s (Islamuddin) photograph, said, “We came here from a very remote area in order our voice is heard, no one in Baghlan hears our voice, I raised Islamuddin in backbreaking poverty but he was killed by Jabbar.”

The three people asked officials concerned to hear their complaints regarding those killed by Jabbar.

They tried to register their complaint with the IECC, but the commission refused to do so and said the time for complaints registration had expired.

Pajhwok tried to seek comment from Imaq and Jabbar about the complaints, but a contact could not be established with them.

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