Applicants Cry Fowl Over Selection Committee's List
Governance and Rule of Law
Monday, 28 November 2016
Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2016
Written by Anisa Shaheed
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A number of applicants who applied for election commission posts said Sunday the selection committee did not carry out its job transparently that there is now no institution available to respond to their complaints.

The institutions overseeing the election process said out of 700 applicants more than 100 lodged complaints.

"No mechanism is specified in the procedures of the selection committee on how to register and address the complaints. When such a mechanism is not in place, then the transparency of the process can be questioned," said Mohammad Naeem Ayubzada, head of Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA).

A number of rejected applicants said that despite many having a good education, being well-known and experienced, they were not shortlisted.

"I do not see transparency in this process. Candidates were not shortlisted based on merit or the selection committee was influenced by political leaders and shortlisted their favorite candidates," said Habib Panjshiri, a university lecturer.

The institutions overseeing the election process asked the selection committee to share with the media the information of the shortlisted applicants introduced to the president.

However, the selection committee said they will release the reasons why applicants were rejected.

The presidential palace meanwhile said the new commissioners will be selected soon and their names will be released.

"President (Ashraf Ghani) is working on the list and will be probably until the end of the week, (when) the new commissioners will be introduced," said Shah Hussain Murtazawi, deputy spokesman for the president.