Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Karzai Asks IEC for Final Decision on Parliamentary Elections

Karzai Asks IEC  for Final  Decision on  Parliamentary Elections

KABUL - Afghan President Hamid on Wednesday decreed that Independent Election Commission holds full authority to make final decision on disputed September elections.
President Karzai says in the decree that Afghan courts have no authority to alter election results.
Last year's parliamentary election was marred by some irregularities and allegations of fraud and 1.3 million ballots were ruled out with 19 candidates disqualified over alleged fraud.
President Hamid Karzai formed a special tribunal to investigate fraud allegations filed by losing candidates.

After completion of its probe, the special tribunal called for removal of 62 lawmakers. President Karzai said all evidence will be examined by the Independent Election Commission and it will have the final say. "The legal findings of the appeals court should be finalised as soon as possible by the election commission," the decree states.

Head of the Independent Election Commission said works are on the way into making a proper decision out of findings of appeals court. "The Independent Election Commission enjoys the right to reconsider the issue once again," Chief of IEC Fazl Ahmad Manawi said.

Many international observers have claimed that Karzai was using the court to pack the legislature with his supporters. While the formation of special tribunal has been argued as unconstitutional, some parliamentarians claimed that President Karzai has instructed head of the IEC to bring changes in the structure of the house or else he would be imprisoned.

Last night at a meeting between some lawmakers and head of the IEC, the IEC Chief Fazl Ahmad Manawi allegedly told lawmakers that the commission could not do anything about the instruction of Karzai and that the lawmakers themselves should take a step.

Deputy House Speaker Ahmad Behzad said: "Mr Manawi has been instructed to make a choice between changing the structure of parliament and choosing to be put behind bars."