Govt Accused Of Influencing Selection Committee
Governance and Rule of Law
Monday, 28 November 2016
Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2016
Written by Nilofar Langar
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Institutions overseeing election processes on Saturday accused government of interfering in the work of the election selection committee and said the committee has not acted independently and that government influenced its decisions.

These institutions said from the start the committee was not independent and transparent and that the list of shortlisted candidates presented by the committee to President Ashraf Ghani shows that no steps have been taken towards electoral reforms.

They also said the watchdog and media have no access to information on how these top candidates were shortlisted.

"From the day that applicants sent their resumes to the selection committee, no information was provided to the applicants, observers, media, parties and political alliances. Although we requested that the list of applicants should be released, so they should know their applications have been received, it did not happen," said Mohammad Naeem Ayubzada, head of the Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA).

The New National Front of Afghanistan (NNF) meanwhile said the presidential palace influenced the selection committee and that the committee has shortlisted the presidential palace's favorite candidates. However, government has rejected the claim.

"The Independent Election Commission and Independent Election Complaint Commission have never been independent. These commissions were influenced by ARG and have implemented any order they received from ARG. ARG does not appoint the people that reject its orders," said Anwar ul-Haq Ahadi, chairman of the NNF.

The selection committee meanwhile said that these claims are made due to personal disagreements and said the claims are in contradiction of the survey paper collected from the observers.

The institutions overseeing election processes said that the selection committee has received more than 100 complaints from applicants who applied for the election commissions, but they did not respond to them.

Also the names of the 700 hundred applicants who applied for the election commissions have not yet been made public.