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Efforts Underway to Select New IEC Chief

Efforts Underway to Select New IEC Chief

KABUL - Over 81 candidates have filed nomination papers for the post as head of the election commission.
Officials from the selection committee of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Thursday said that over 81 candidates have filed nomination papers for the post of chairman of the IEC.
Of the total number of applicants, 50 candidates have officially submitted their applications to the selection committee, said an official o the selection committee.
However, election monitoring groups and observers have termed the actions of selection committee as illegal.
“In our view, the work of the selection committee is illegal. Based on the law, the president should have picked someone as head of the IEC from the list which was referred to government initially,” said Ysufu Rashid, chairman of the Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the head of Hizb-e-Islami has called for transparent elections to be held in the country. Holding the upcoming presidential election is the only way to solve the crisis in the country, he said.
The selection committee started its work on the selection of IEC chief four days ago. The committee is expected to refer the names of three candidates to the government in a few days. (Tolonews)