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MPs seek explanation over 35 candidates’ removal

MPs seek explanation over 35 candidates’ removal

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Sep 22, 2018 - 19:11

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house of parliament on Saturday welcomed the possible use of biometric technology in the upcoming elections and urged the Attorney General Office (AGO) to investigate removal of candidates from the final list.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, terming biometric as an important and crucial issue, yesterday said the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) will announce soon how biometrics will be used in the upcoming polls.

 The IEC on Saturday said work on biometric system had been 70 percent done and the result would be shared in few days.

The issue was discussed on the national assembly floor on Saturday. Taking part in the debate, Habiba Sadad, a lawmaker from southern Helmand province, said the biometric system would help check multiple voting.

Her colleague from Kabul Zakria Zakria hoped the IEC would give positive response to people’s demand and would conduct the polls based on biometrics.

A number of other lawmakers expressed similar views about the issue and urged the use biometric system in elections for the sake of transparency.

Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi also urged the use of biometric technology in the election process because it was a public demand.

He said suing biometrics could prevent fraud and crisis and could convince people that the elections would be transparent.

IECC director did not appear before today’s session

The Wolesi Jirga’s committees of panel heads had summoned the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC)’s director to explain why 35 candidates were dropped from the final list of candidates, but he did not turn up.

The IECC on August 11th removed the names of 35 individuals from the final list of candidates for not meeting eligibility conditions.

Azim Muhseni, a lawmaker from Baghlan province, said: “Removing 35 candidates from the final list is against the Constitution and the IECC did not give them a chance for appeal and no court has convicted them of any crime.”

He urged the IECC to provide details to the lawmakers in this regard.

A number of other lawmakers expressed similar views. Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said all governmental organizations were responsible to brief the house and the IECC should not act illegally in the election process.

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