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Civil society concerned over foreign advisors’ presence in electoral bodies

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The civil society activist voiced concerns over presence of foreign advisors in electoral bodies.

Afghanistan’s Civil Society Network (ACSN), Jandad Spinghar, said that presence of the foreign advisors in electoral bodies could pave the ground for fraud and ragging in the future elections.

Spinghar in an interview with Radio Azadi said that foreign advisors access to database of the Independent Election Commission will hinder conduct of free and fair elections in the future. “It is not acceptable that citizens of neighboring countries are working in the most important and sensitive sections of the IEC,” he added. He urged the IEC for explanations.

An official in the IEC said that the commission has foreign advisors in financial and legal areas.

Abdul Rahman Hotaki, the Deputy Chief of the IEC, said, “The foreign advisors have no role in decision-making. They are only giving the commission advice in technical, financial and legal areas.”

A local bilingual daily, recently accused two Pakistani citizens, working at the ELECT-II project of the United Nations Development Project (UNDP), of sabotaging the upcoming Wolesi Jirga elections. Without mentioning source, Daily Weesa said that the two Pakistani citizens are in the quest to postpone and derail the upcoming polls.

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