An Independent Election Commission (IEC) commissioner warns that if the leadership of the commission is not replaced before the upcoming parliamentary elections the country will witness yet another non-transparent and difficult election.
Sareer Ahmad Barmak, a commissioner at the IEC, added that the commission has sent a reformation draft to the president addressing that the main reason behind the failure of the presidential elections was the leadership within the IEC.
“We were not the managers of the elections, we were observers,” Barmak said. “We were taken advantage of; our trust was broken on the secretariat level, commission level, and provincial level. And when my trust and other commissioner’s trust were taken advantage of they must be held accountable. And now when a failed leader starts something new, despite the unresolved crisis, the result will also be another crisis in the making.”
In the reformation plan drafted and suggested by the commission states that in order to prevent fraud precision will be taken into consideration for the recruitment of employees, a distribution method of election materials, and the choosing of centers.
Recently, the second vice president shared with election observing institutions that discussions between the Presidential Palace and IEC is only for information gathering and that at the end of the day the commission delegated to talk in regards of the reforms will decide.
“The second vice president told us that the recent presidential decree does not mean the replacement for the special reform commission, which was discussed in the National Unity Government agreement and that this is only to gather information and hear suggestions,” Zekriya Barakzai, Director of Afghanistan Integrity Watch, said.
The creation of a committee in bringing reforms to the electoral commission was among the agreements of the NUG government. The CEO’s office had asked the president’s office to immediately introduce the commission in charge of bringing reforms as soon as possible and that time should not be wasted in bringing changes to the electoral methods and system.