The Independent Election Commission (IEC) Chief has warned that amendments in the electoral law would likely threaten the country’s security and stability.
Expressing these statements in a press conference Saturday in Kabul, Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani claimed the new electoral draft law by Parliament had a political motive and was also against the Constitution.
Nuristani stressed that Parliament does not have the authority to bring changes to the law.
“Any action under the names of changes and reforms will result in the country’s instability,” the IEC Chief warned. “Not only is it not a reform, but this is equal to corruption.”
Suggestions on amendments and reforms in the country’s electoral system came after the electoral body was accused of supporting large-scale fraud that occurred in the run-off presidential election.
Both President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah, soon after taking oath into their offices, promised the nation to bring solid reforms to the electoral system.
However, the MPs said the Parliamentary justice committee has drafted a new electoral law since the new government has not brought changes in the electoral system yet.
The MPs emphasized that based on the Constitution the Parliament has the right to bring changes in the electoral law, which they believed was a faulty law that paved grounds for fraud in the elections.
Based on the new draft by Parliament, the election commission members can be appointed by the president and chief executive in consultation with the Parliament.
In addition, the working duration of the election commissioners has been reduced from six years to two and half. In addition, two foreign observers would be a part of Electoral Complaints