February 07, 2018

Nation should not expect elections from current govt, says Ahmadzai

By Khaama Press - Fri Nov 17 2017, 12:54 pm

The former chief of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) Najibullah Ahmadzai says the nation should not expect elections under the leadership of the current government as he strongly reacted at his removal from the leadership of the commission by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

Speaking to reporters in Kabul on Thursday, Ahmadzai spoke regarding the conspiracies surrounding his removal from the leadership of the election commission.

He said President Ghani’s decree based on the demands and decision of the election commission members is illegal.

Calling for the removal of the other election commission members as well, Ahmadzai said his relations with the government deteriorated after he took practical steps to resolve the issues in the commission.

He did not disclose further information in this regard but called on the nation that they should not expect that the elections would be organized under the leadership of the current government.

The Afghan government has not commented regarding the remakrs of Ahmadzai so far.

The Presidential Palace Chief of Staff’s Office in a statement said late on Wednesday that the decision to remove Ahmadzai was taken after several members of the Independent Election Commission decided to cancel the membership of Ahmadzai and subsequently a request was sent to the presidential office as well.

The statement also added that the concerned government institutions have been instructed to introduce the list of the new nominees so that the replacement of Ahmadzai can be selected.

Earlier, reports emerged few days earlier suggesting that five of the seven key members of the election commission have voted for the removal of Ahmadzai.

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