Abdul Aziz Aryaee, head of the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC), warned that he will step down from his post within the next month if ‘the interferences’ in the electoral body are not stopped.
“Those who were involved in electoral fraud in the past are still present in the (election) commission. How can we move forward in their presence?” Aryaee asked.
Meanwhile, Naeem Ayubzada, head of Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan, who presented a report on election on Thursday, blamed government for ‘alleged’ interference in the electoral bodies.
“The election has now changed into a guarantee for Afghanistan’s stability. It means that any kind of inattention with this process will affect the stability of the country,” he said.
According to the findings of the report, at least 40 percent of Afghans are concerned about the interference of government in election.
However, the head of the Independent Election Commission, Najibullah Ahmadzai, said they are committed to holding the election in time.
“Transparency, impartiality and a strong will as well as security are crucial (for elections). I can say that government has not interfered in the activities (of the electoral bodies),” he said.
The report says that 41 percent of Afghans have no trust in activities of the election organizations but it indicates that 53 percent of the people are still interested in participating in the upcoming elections.