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Closure of electoral offices, an affront to Constitution: TEFA

AT-KABUL: The Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA), denounced the closure of electoral offices by protesters in Kabul and Badakhshan as an insult for the constitution.

It said that such things would disorder electoral programs and is against the origin of democracy, asking the government to take practical measures to reopen the offices.

“The government has to take legal behavior. The protesters have the right of protest, but the decision was made based on evidences from the complaints commission. The law does not let anybody close a large office of the election commission. Isn’t it violence? Isn’t it insult to the constitution?” said Naeem Ayoubzada, head of TEFA.

Some of the candidates of the upcoming legislative election who have been disqualified by the independent electoral complaints commission, gathered in front the independent election commission on Monday and closed its gate.

Meanwhile, the electoral officials in Badakhshan province were not allowed to go to their offices by the protesters, according to Sayed Hafizullah Hashemi, spokesman of the commission.

35 candidates including MaulaviTarakhil, Akbar Stanekzai, Qais Hassan, Fawzia Koofi, ShayestaBazNaseri, ZardadFaryadi, ZiaulhaqAmarkhil and Maryam Koofi were dropped from the final list.

They stood against the complaints commission decision and their fans staged protests in Kabul and Badakhshan.

“Kabul police chief held meetings with the both sides to solve the problem. We call on the protesters to not close the roads and not to make obstacles for any organization,” said interior ministry spokesman, NosratRahimi.

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