Najibullah Ahmadzai, chairman of the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) has resigned from his post amid mounting pressure from Afghan political parties, a source confirmed.
Political parties have called for a massive overhaul in the electoral body.
The source also said that President Ashraf Ghani reportedly called for Ahmadzai’s resignation.
This comes a few days after Ghani sacked Imam Mohammad Warimach, head of the Independent Election Commission’s (IEC) secretariat over ‘poor performance’, sources said.
However sources later said that the IEC official was fired over ‘corruption and poor performance’.
On October 22, the Head of the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) fired five of its members for a range of indiscretions including manipulating attendance records, ignoring a presidential decree, not doing their work and administration violations, IECC said in a letter sent to the media.
The officials named in the letter are the technical deputy of IECC head secretariat, head of analyses and evaluation department, head of documents and relations department, head of human resources department and IECC attendance manager.
Over the past few months, the IEC has come under massive pressure from Afghan political parties, civil society institutions and election monitoring groups over its poor performance.
On Sunday, Election and Transparency Watch of Afghanistan (ETWA) said its assessments show that the IEC is not capable of holding parliamentary elections next year and necessary reforms that were pledged in the past have not been implemented.
Basic reforms have not been put in place in the independent election commission, said ETWA.
According to the watchdog, the lack of coordination between IEC commissioners and government’s reluctance to hold elections are key factors that have overshadowed the implementation of reforms in Afghanistan’s election system.