The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) on Sunday said that investigation into allegations lodged against former members of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) will take some time due to the critical nature of the issue.
The Anti-Corruption Criminal Justice Center will handle the next legal proceedings against the former election commission officials if the allegations against the former commissioners on the misuse of authority and corruption are proved.
“The clues were dispatched by the intelligence offices to the attorney general while the claims needed more time to be probed, but the investigation is moving forward thoroughly,” the AGO spokesman Jamshid Rasuli said.
Heela Mujtaba who ran for parliament from Paktika province claims that members of the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission have committed fraud in her votes.
“The result sheets which we have received from recounting of votes in Paktika show that the complaints commission had changed their serial numbers. They also changed the polling center code and prepared a new result sheet,” she said.
“We want this case to be handled as soon as possible and the court to issue its verdict on it. Then we will accept the final results,” said Abdul Qader Zazai Watandost, former secretary of parliament.
A number of Kabul residents, meanwhile, urged judicial institutions to address the fraud allegations against the former election commissioners.
“In order to put an end to the confusion among the public and to pave the way for the new parliament to start its work, we request the AGO to wrap up the assessment of the case soon and share the outcome with the people,” said Sayed Hafiz, a Kabul resident.
“I call on the Attorney General’s Office to complete its work in the near future because the people are waiting,” said Jamila, a Kabul resident.
This comes after new commissioners were appointed for the two election commissions in a bid to hold transparent and fair presidential elections.
Vacant Posts In Independent Election Commission
An election commissioner, Mohammad Abdullah, said dozens of posts, including the positions of deputies of the IEC secretariat and some provincial chiefs, have remained vacant after a change in the leadership of the two election commission.
“The hiring process faces major challenges in the election commission. At least 180 posts among them grade 1 to 4 are being run by the acting chiefs and these vacancies should be announced to fill them. Based on the amendment in the election law, a new mechanism should be created for filling the vacant posts. We outlined a mechanism on March 24 and sent it to the reforms commission,” said Abdullah. “From amongst 108 posts, over half of them are being run by caretakers.”
Farid Ahmad, a spokesman for the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission, said they are prepared to start appointment process for vacant posts in the election commission.
“Our preparations are completed to start the recruitment process for vacant posts in the election commission,” Ahmad said. “We are prepared to start the process whenever the election commission shows its readiness for it. We are shortlisting 18 of the posts and we will move forward the recruitment process once the election commission approves on the procedure.”