Agreeing the need for reforms in the country’s electoral system, an Afghan election commissioner warns no entity or group from outside the Independent Election Commission (IEC) was allowed to bring reforms in the election system.
In an interview with TOLOnews, IEC commissioner Sareer Ahmad Barmak declared that nobody including the President could fire the IEC head and commissioners unless they prove the crimes of IEC officials.
These statements are expressed as the move to bring reforms in the IEC structure and the electoral system has been intensified by the Parliamentarians, civil society and election monitoring groups, demanding a big reshuffle in the IEC whose officials were accused of paving grounds for alleged frauds took place in the recent Presidential Election.
After taking oath as the leaders of the National Unity Government (NUG) which came into being as a result of six-month long elections, President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah promised to bring widespread reform in the electoral system in order to prevent reoccurrence of crises in the future elections.
However, Barmak claimed the government was facing a deadlock on how to bring these reforms.
“Reforms are required both in the electoral system and the structure of election commission,” Barmak said. “Some personal reforms are also being proposed from outside which is intolerable for us.”
He warned if the coming Parliamentary election is held with the same system, a new wave of crises will likely begin in the country.
Strongly criticizing the government for not fulfilling their camping promises, a number of election experts and analysts call on the government to not hold the Parliamentary elections unless the electoral system is reformed.
“There is no serious will to bring reforms in the electoral system,” analyst Zelgai Sajjad said. “The election commission officials try to retain their seats.”
He warned that without reforms, neither the people would participate in the elections nor they would trust in it.