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First Hearing For Ex-Election Commissioners Likely In Weeks

14 Aug 2019 Tolo News

The first hearing for former members of Afghanistan’s election commissions will be held in less than two weeks, a source told TOLOnews on Wednesday. 

President Ashraf Ghani dismissed members of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) six months ago over their possible involvement in electoral fraud. 


A number of protesting candidates and former members of the election commissions accused the Afghan judicial institutions of deliberately delaying the investigation against the former election officials. 

“People should be informed, people should come to know what an approach had taken place. If they are not guilty, they should be acquitted,” former IEC secretariat chief Daud Ali Najafi said. 


“There is no seriousness in the issue. Only the individuals were dismissed and the legal action was only a scenario,” said Yusuf Rashid, head of FEFA. 


The former head of IECC, Azizullah Araiayee said that the case should be finalized as soon as possible. 


“I think this issue is totally delusive and a waste of time,” said Aryayee. 


“It is the obligation of the Supreme Court and the Attorney General's Office to explain it to the public because it is a national issue and the people keep some expectations,” said legal expert Abdul Subhan Misbah. 


Afghan citizens have persistently criticized judicial institutions for not sharing the outcome of their verdicts on certain cases and this has decreased the credibility of the institutions in the public mindset. 


Back in February, the Attorney General's Office (AGO) banned election commissioners from traveling hours after they were removed from their posts following the amendment of the election law. 

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