Ziaulhaq AmarkhilThe UN mission in Afghanistan welcomed the announcement by Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) regarding the adjudication of allegations against the former chief electoral officer Ziaulhaq Amarkhil.

“The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) takes note of today’s Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) press conference, notably statements concerning the adjudication of allegations against the Independent Election Commission’s (IEC) former Chief Electoral Officer,” UNAMA said following a statement.

The statement further added that UNAMA has consistently emphasized to all Afghan stakeholders – including the Presidential candidates, election management bodies, state institutions and authorities and the public – its support for accountability and due process.

“The Mission has always supported the need for both the IEC and IECC to maintain strict impartiality and to uphold the highest standards of integrity, given their key role in Afghanistan’s historic political transition, as well as the need for full accountability and impartiality of its officials in carrying out their work,” the statement added.

UNAMA insisted that, “No individual is above the law. On the other hand, no one can be considered or proclaimed guilty without firm evidence and due process.”

The Mission urged that in the case that there is evidence documenting unlawful activities by any individual, then such evidence should be investigated and adjudicated by the respective Afghan institutions and authorities in accordance with the laws of the country.

This comes as IECC spokesman, Nader Mohsini, said Saturday that the electoral complaints commission has launched an investigation regarding the audio tape of election officials who were accused of mass electoral fraud.

Mohsini further added that the investigation will reveal the source of the audio tape and authenticity of the recordings will also be confirmed.

The decision by electoral complaints commission was also welcomed by electoral team of Abdullah Abdullah who had published the audio recordings.