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Lawmakers call IEC chief Ahmadzai’s removal against the law

Lawmakers call IEC chief Ahmadzai’s removal against the law

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Nov 18, 2017 - 18:40

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon members on Saturday alleged that the dismissal of the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) Chief Najibullah Ahmadzaiwas against the law and accused the government of attempting to engineer the upcoming polls through these efforts.

The elections for the Wolesi Jirga or lower house of the Parliament are scheduled for July 18, 2018.

On Wednesday President Ashraf Ghani had removed Najibullah Ahmadzai as the head of the IEC through a presidential decree.

According to the presidential order, a copy of which was obtained by Pajhwok Afghan News, the removal of the IEC head from his post was in line with the decision of the election commission.

Ahmadzai was elected as the head of the IEC almost a year ago bythe members of the election commission. 

Haji ZahirQader, a lawmaker who represents the people of Nangarhar province, alleged that by removing the IEC headthe President sought to influence the upcoming elections in his favour.

“IEC is not a private property where the president could bring one person and remove another,” said Qadir.

Mohammad Akbar Stanikzai, a member of the Wolesi Jirga from Logar province, criticized the government for the ouster of Ahmadzai and on behalf of the people of the country asked for an explanation for his removal.

Many other lawmakers also slammed the removal of Ahmadzai, asking the government for an explanation.

First Deputy Speaker Humayon Humayonalso expressed his concern over the removal of the IEC chief by saying that “IEC is not a private organization, it is a state institution with dealing with election. The removal of IEC chief ordered by the president was against the law.”

He also demanded the ousted IEC chief to appear before the lawmakers to divulge his allegations regarding the president’s interference in the IEC affairs.

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