September 23, 2018

Election Commission Chief condemns the forced closure of IEC provincial offices

By Khaama Press - Sun Sep 16 2018, 10:55 am

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) Chief Gula Jan Abdul Badi Sayad condemned the political parties recent move for forcing the election offices to close in certain provinces.

Speaking during a press conference in Kabul, Sayad said the closure of the election offices in certain provinces is not acceptable as he criticized the political parties for not cooperating with the election commission.

He also added that such steps by the political parties would delay the elections process and emphasized that the commission is prepared to hold talks with the political parties to resolve the issues.

Sayad urged the government to take necessary precautions to ensure the security of the electoral workers in the provincial offices of the commission.

In the meantime, Sayad said the commission is working to investigate the irregularities committed by the election workers and those involved in violations would face legal actions.

This comes as the Grand National Coalition, consisting of political parties, has closed the offices of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) in three provinces.

Sources privy of the development in the Grand National Coalition have said the step was taken after the government and the election commission failed to positively respond to their demands.

The sources further added that the election offices in Helmand, Balkh, and Kandahar have been closed.

They also warned that the election offices in other provinces will also be closed if the government and election commission did not respond positively to their demands.

The Grand National Coalition demand the registration of the voters using biometrics system while monitoring of the elections process is also among the key demands of the political parties.

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