September 25, 2018

IEC responds to remarks and demands of political figure regarding elections

By Khaama Press - Wed Jul 18 2018, 4:49 pm

The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) responded to the remarks and demands of the key political figures regarding the upcoming parliamentary and district councils elections.

IEC spokesman Syed Hafizullah Hashemi clarified the stance of the stance of the commission regarding the recent allegations of Hezb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

He criticized Hekmatyar for his remarks and allegations regarding the number of voters registered for the upcoming elections and said it would be unfair to raise questions regarding the number of voters and the registration process of the voters.

Hashemi further added that nearly 9 million have been registered for the elections as he emphasized that anyone having questions regarding the process or calling it as ‘fake’ should present documents to prove their claims.

Admitting that the voters’ registration had some shortages, Hashemi said the commission would be responsible for the stickers which have been sticked in the national identity cards.

Hashemi said the commission has received a proposal for the change in electoral law from the political parties but emphasized that it would be impossible to change the law in a short period of time.

The leader of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, leader of Jamiat-e-Islami Salahuddin Rabbani, leader of Junbish Milli Batur Dostum, leader of Wahdat Islami Mohammad Mohaqiq, and the leader of Mahaz Milli Syed Hamid Gilani participated in the meeting on Saturday to discuss the upcoming elections.

Zerar Ahmad Muqbil had participated on behalf of the former President Hamid Karzai along with a member of the Front for Security and Stability of Afghanistan Mohammad Younus Qanooni.

The participants of the meeting called on the government and the independent election commissions to invalidate the process for the registration of voters for the upcoming elections, bring changes in the elections system of the country, use the biometric system for the registration of the voters, and give more share to the political parties in the elections.

The leaders of the political parties and movements said the government must return with a positive feedback regarding their demands, warning that they would block the elections if case the government and election commission rejected their demands.

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