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MPs ask electoral bodies to resolve their differences

MPs ask electoral bodies to resolve their differences

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Oct 29, 2018 - 18:11

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon on Monday expressed concern over top security officials’ refusal to appear before the lower house and asked electoral bodies to have strong coordination instead of having differences.

The Wolesi Jirga polls were held in 32 provinces of the country on October 20 and 21 and in Kandahar province on October 27. The elections in Ghazni province would be held together with the presidential election in 2019.

However, many problems and fraud during the elections have been reported to the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC).

On the other hand, election oversight institutes have also expressed concern over differences between the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) and the IECC and prolonged vote count process, saying the polls result would not be announced on schedule if the current problems persisted.

The IEC has said votes cast without biometric system in some polling stations would be reviewed for their genuineness, but the IECC says such votes would be invalidated.

The issue was discussed during today’s Wolesi Jirga’s session. Mohammad Sarwar Osmani, a lawmaker from Farah province, asked the election commissions to cooperate instead of confronting each other and do not let people enter Parliament with fraudulent votes.

He accused the electoral commissions of incompetence and said the two bodies had no capacity to identify fake and genuine votes.

“Eighty percent of candidates who are going to win the elections have used money, fraud and political relations for their victory, therefore we would have a parliament full of mafia,” he said.

Sayed Jamal Fakor Beheshti, a lawmaker from Bamyan province, also said differences between the electoral bodies should be resolved.

He stressed on a precise review of votes and hoped people’s votes would not be lost as a result of the commissions’ differences.

Wolesi Jirga speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said any type of differences between the election commissions were a matter of concern. He also asked the two commissions to address their problems.

Refusal of security bosses to brief Wolesi Jirga

The Wolesi Jirga had summoned Defense Minister Tariq Shah Bahrami, Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak and National Directorate of Seuciry (NDSinfo-icon) chief Masum Stanikzai to brief lawmakers about incidents in which Gen. Abdul Raziq, Abdul Momin Hussainkhel and Abdul Jabbar Qahraman were killed.

However, the administrative board of the lower house said the security bosses would not attend the Wolesi Jirga today as they were attending a funeral ceremony.

Mohammad Reza Khoshk Watandost, a lawmaker from Herat province, said security officials’ nonattendance of the Wolesi Jirga meant they were not accountable to lawmakers.

Allah Gul Mujahid, a lawmaker representing Kabul people, said the nature of Gen. Raziq’s assassination was still unclear and security officials must respond to this.

He said Raziq’s assassination was a political issue and the Talibaninfo-icon were not involved.

Speaker Ibrahimi said the top security officials should appear before the house next Saturday.

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