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Favoritism in ‘Selection Committee’ appointments slammed

AT-KABUL: Different civil society organizations on Monday opposed appointment of certain civil rights activists to the Selection Committee of the Election Commission Members (SCEM), claiming that the assigned figures could not represent civil society.

The appointment was opposed by the University Teachers Union, Afghanistan Social and Humanitarians National Alliance, Legislatives Network, and Eastern Medic Network. They said that the appointed people had links with the government.

Khan Zaman Amarkhil, an activist and protestor, said that several civil society organizations made decisions against the regulations and introduced some figures for membership of Independent Election Commission (IEC). He said the decision was not acceptable to them.

Speaking at a press conference here he said that till date the ground has not been paved for participation of all civil society organizations. “Thus no organization has the authority to impose their decision over civil societies,” he added.

The civil society organizations asked the government to revise the decision making the process transparent and fair so every rights group would have the opportunity to participate in the process.

Sediq Ansary, another activist, said that the committee members must be nominated through a transparent process.

The activists in a statement asked the government to establish a joint government and civil society committee within one week to identify real civil society organizations.

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