A member of Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC), Maulana Mohammad Abdullah, has been accused of threatening his colleague at a meeting held recently to discuss election-related matters.
The issue was raised in a letter appearing to be from the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.
The letter, which appears to be signed by Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN chief in Afghanistan, was sent in order “to formally express the United Nations’ serious concern over the behavior of Commissioner Maulana Abdullah in a recent Commission meeting on November 5.”
The letter says that the meeting was attended by a number of UNSEP technical advisors and the two international non-voting commissioners, as well as other IEC commissioners and senior secretariat officials.
The letter says that “during the meeting, UNESP technical advisors and the international commissioners witnessed direct life-threatening statements being made against Mr. Bashir Ali, Database Manager for the National Tally Center, by Commissioner Maulana Abdullah.”
Addressing a news conference in Kabul on Monday, Abdullah said the issues raised in the letter are “accusations” that require an investigation by the international organization.
Abdullah said a “network” at UNAMA formed this “allegation” against him, and he wants this “network” to be investigated. He said he will pursue the case if UNAMA remains silent in this respect.
The letter warns that according to the Election Law, a member of the Election Commission can be terminated from his or her job in such circumstances.
The letter mentions that it is not the first time that Mr. Abdullah has “exhibited this kind of offensive behavior” in meetings and interactions at the IEC.
“First, they should investigate and analyze the issue and then they should make it public,” Abdullah said.
Abdullah also commented about the UN’s performance in the election process:
“The UNDP officials have not intervened in any of the fraud issues, or the issues which happened over the past seven months. They remained silent and said: ‘you are independent.’”
UNAMA has neither confirmed nor denied sending this letter.