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Election commissions violate public trust, says Danish

14 Jan 2019 Afghanistan Times

KABUL: Second Vice President, Mohammad Sarwar Danish

seriously criticizes the Independent Election Commission and Independent

Electoral Complaints Commission performances, accusing them of what he says

“hurting public trust”.

Danesh on Sunday claimed that “widespread corruption” in the

two electoral bodies caused the government and people lose their trust in them,

saying that the July’s presidential elections would be worse than last year’s

legislative votes if nothing was done to prevent corruption.

He also said of problems in the judicial organs, emphasizing

on urgent reforms. But the ministry of justice says most of its decisions are

not put in action.

Danesh added that “a weak” electoral body would be

unacceptable, urging that the national unity government was committed in

bringing reforms in the electoral commissions.

“These commissions could not announce results of the

parliamentary elections after three months of the votes,” said Danesh.

Members of parliament and monitoring organs also criticize

the electoral bodies, saying they cannot manage upcoming presidential


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