The Independent Election Commission (IEC) asked the Presidential Palace, also known as ARG, to introduce a new commissioner within the next 20 days.
According to the election law, the term of the leadership of the commission has been completed as they were selected one year ago. However, members of the IEC have decided to carry on their activities with the current leadership – Maliha Hassan and Wasima Badghisi as deputies and Abdulbadi Sayyad as secretary and spokesman of the commission – for the next 20 days.
“We hope that government introduces an election commissioner within the next 20 days so that our formation becomes complete with seven members and also we can select the leadership of the commission,” Sayyad said at a session of the IEC members on Wednesday.
According to electoral monitoring organizations, the IEC members cannot select their leadership with the current formation.
“According the law, their activities were legal up to yesterday (Tuesday) but their legitimacy has ended because the law has defined a limit for them. This can be done through an interview by the incumbent commissioner to bring in the seventh member of the commission and then they will be able to select someone as caretaker of the commission,” said Yusuf Rasheed, CEO of Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan.
According to the IEC, the commission has assessed more than 2,800 polling centers in the country. However, the commission says polling centers in 32 volatile districts remain unchecked.
This comes after President Ashraf Ghani fired his own hand-picked Independent Election Commission Chairman Najibullah Ahmadzai on November 15.
The commission is scheduled to hold parliamentary and district council elections next year in July.