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Presidential Palace holds IEC documents in abeyance’

Presidential Palace holds IEC documents in abeyance’

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Jun 20, 2019 - 19:01

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A senior Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) official on Thursday claimed some figures at the Presidential Palace had delayed the processing of documents of the commission while trying to get approved some other documents that lacked legal justification.

Mawlana Abdullah, IEC deputy head, told a press conference here that in most cases, individuals were selectively appointed in the commission and no objections were raised over orders for such appointments.

“A number of volunteers who succeeded in the competition for getting their job in the commission, their documents are referred to the Presidential Palace for approval, but the process has been delayed without any reasons provided,” he said.

“Some officers who had previously worked in the secretariat or other parts of the commission and then got fired from their positions for their behavioral reasons, they cannot be appointed to any of government offices for two years according to the country’s laws, but they are again appointed to government jobs, an issue that has created concerns for people,” he said.

He said such figures could even obtain orders from the Presidential Palace in a week to take charge of a department of the IEC.

“Among these individuals there are people who have been accused of corruption at workplace last year but they were neither introduced to judicial organ nor removed from their posts”, he said.

Abdullah said some IEC posts previously announced for filling were suspended and vacancies in the secretariat section of the commission were also not announced for unknown reasons.

The new electoral law calls for a procedure for employment between the two election commissions and the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC).

However, Shah Hussain Murtazavi, deputy spokesman to the president, told Pajhwok Afghan News that all appointments in the IEC were made by IARCSC and the Presidential Palace was not involved in the issue.

He said there were no documents of the IEC waiting for approval in the Presidential Palace.

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