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Most of Electoral Reforms Commission’s appointees not professional: Official

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: A number of electoral watchdogs welcomed the formation of the Electoral Reforms Commission but criticized what they called the appointment of unprofessional figures and those who have political links in the commission.

Officials in Afghan Civil Society Election Network (ACSEN) suggested that members of the Electoral Reforms Commission should not have any political link and should remain impartial during their duty.

Radio Azadi on Sunday quoted the head of ACSEN, Jandad Spinghar, as saying that brining reforms in electoral bodies would not be possible when unprofessional officials are appointed in the Electoral Reforms Commission. He said that a few members of the reform commission were professional but not all of them and this would hamper the activities of this body.

He added that the reforms commission had 15 members but one/third of them had not worked in this field so far.

He also said that at least four members of the commission were those that had experience of working in electoral bodies.

The Electoral Reforms Commission was formed after a decree by President Ghani the other day. The commission is led by Shukriya Barikzai, member of the parliament.

However, Barikzai said that members of the commission were appointed on merit based, adding that a number of members of electoral watchdogs were also pointed in the Electoral Reforms Commission.

She said that the fact should not be forgotten that the donors of Afghanistan’s election were those that were interested in development of democracy in the country therefore considering national interests and attracting the attention of the international community is the priority of brining reforms in electoral bodies.

However, head of the Independent Electoral Complaint Commission (IECC), Abdul Satar Sadat, has criticized the formation of the reforms commission by the president in his Facebook page.

He wrote in his Facebook page that the formation of the commission was illegal and the president formed the body ahead of his trip to the US to have an achievement in this regard.

Constitution of the Election Reforms Commission was one of the promises of President Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah ahead of the formation of the National Unity Government.

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