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‘No right to use govt resources after cancelling candidacy’

‘No right to use govt resources after cancelling candidacy’

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Sep 22, 2019 - 20:13

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Sunday said presidential candidates after cancelling their candidacy and joining other tickets could not use government resources.

Zahra Bayan Shinwari, the IECC chief, told a press conference here that presidential candidates who had given up their nomination had no right to use government facilities and resources according to the law.

“Candidates who have relinquished their candidacy previously but still use government resources would be fined according to the law; but those who have recently cancelled their candidacy, their documents are under process”, she said.

Sahar Sahil Nabizada, spokesman for presidential candidate Shaida Mohammad Abdali, said that they had cancelled their candidacy but still used government resources.

He said they would hand over government facilities during the silent period of election candidates.

Pajhwok Afghan News tried to contact Zalmai Rassoul’s electoral ticket, who also cancelled his nomination, but failed.

Eighteen figures were on the list of candidates announced by the IECinfo-icon in April. But Zalmai Rassoul and Shaida Mohammad Abdali joined Ashraf Ghani’s ticket while Mohammad Hanif Atmar, another candidate, suspended his electioneering.

The IEC says preparations for holding the presidential election are underway and the transfer of sensitive materials from the capital to provinces has been completed.

The presidential election is scheduled for September 28.

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