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Protest camp in front of IEC head office removed

Protest camp in front of IEC head office removed

Aug 25, 2018 - 12:10

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Security forces on Saturday removed protest tents erected near the entrance to Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) offices in Kabul and Kunduz provinces.

Eight days ago, supporters of six disqualified Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon candidates shut the IEC head office in Kabul. They asked the panel to reverse its decision.

The protests were organised by backers of Mullahinfo-icon Tarakhel Mohammadi, Qais Hassan, Ziaul Haq Amarkhel, Sher Ali Ahmadzai, Zardad Faryadi and Akbar Stanikzai who are removed from the final list of Wolesi Jirga candidates.

The protesters complained the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission had not informed the parliamentary hopefuls before their names were struck off the final list.

However, the IECC said on August 19 that its decision regarding the removal of 35 Wolesi Jirga runners from the final list was final and irreversible.

On Saturday, the security forces removed the protest camps in front of IEC offices in Kabul and Kunduz.

Some political parties and movements earlier warned they would close of IEC offices in provinces and the capital if the government did not honour its claims of a transparent election process.

Earlier, heads of political parties and alliances termed the voters’ registration process as inappropriate and rigged. demanding fresh registration based on the biometric systems.

The parties included Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistaninfo-icon, Jamiat-i-Islamiinfo-icon, Wahdat-i-Islami Mardum, Jabha-i-Hirasat and Subat, Jumbish-i- Milli, Milli Mahaz, Jabha-i-Naween Milli and others.

Mohammad Nader Afghan, HIA media office head, said it parties’ supporters were scheduled to launch protests on Saturday (today).

However, the Kabul garrison removed the tents from the entrance to IEC head office in Kabul and arrested some protesters.

“Right now, heads of parties have gathered; they will take a decision on the government action. The decision would be shared with the media this afternoon,” Nader Afghan said.

However, he added party supporters had embarked on peaceful protests and would close the entrance to the IEC office in 11 provinces.

Pajhwok tried to contact Kabul police for comments in this regard, but failed.



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