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Backers of disqualified candidates close IEC gate

Backers of disqualified candidates close IEC gate

Aug 13, 2018 - 12:14

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Supporters of six disqualified Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon candidates on Monday closed the entrance o the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) in Kabul.

About one hundred supporters of the barred election contenders rallied in the high-security capital against the IEC decision. They wanted the panel to reverse the decision.

The rallied was taken out by backers of MullahTarakhel Mohammadi, Qais Hassan, Ziaul Haq Amarkhel, Sher Ali Ahmadzai, Zardad Faryadi and Akbar Stanikzai.

The protestors complained the Independent Electoral Complaint Commission (IECC) had not informed the candidates before their names were struck off the final list.

The angry demonstrators the candidates should have been informed by the IECC, not by the media, and should be given the chance to explain their positions.

Mirza Mohammad Haqparast, deputy spokesman for the IEC, confirmed to Pajhwok Afghan News hundreds of supports of some disqualified candidates closed the commission’s main gate.

He said supporters of Mullahinfo-icon Tarakhel had erected two tents as well. “The protestors are not allowing our employees to enter the compound,” he complained.

Some of the protesters carried weapons, he claimed, saying the protest was their legal right but barring workers from entering their office was an illegal act.

A Pajhwok reporter at the site said the protestors had erected six tents close to the commission gate and only journalists were allowed to enter. He also confirmed armed men were among the demonstrators.


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