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No Legal Solution to Resolve Election Standoff: FEFA

No Legal Solution to Resolve Election Standoff: FEFA

KABUL - There is no legal solution to bring an end to election turmoil, except if the Independent Election Commission (IEC) makes a decision that could convince protesting candidates, the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) said on Monday. Afghanistan Civil Society Forum and FEFA said that Afghanistan is presently in an exceptional situation that requires all organisations to work in collaboration to come up with a solution.

The election impasse has caused widespread concerns and there is no legal base that could suggest the way out of this standoff, Afghanistan Civil Society Forum said. Head of Afghanistan Civil Society Forum Aziz Rafii said: "Undoubtedly there has been violation of justice."

The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan has welcomed the move of President Hamid Karzai who assigned the IEC to make the final decision about the elections. "We are in an exceptional situation. We should all make efforts to soften our stances, because this is not a normal situation," Executive Director of FEFA Jandad Spinghar said.

A senior official in Attorney General's Office said that cases of 60 candidates who were announced winners by the special tribunal have been sent to the Independent Election Commission (IEC).
But the IEC denies having received any cases related to protesting candidates.

"We haven't received any new cases, but we have a copy from the first primary court and based on that we will begin our studies," IEC Chief Fazl Ahmad Manawi said. Meanwhile, Deputy House Speaker, Ahmad Behzad, accused the government of plotting against the House of Representatives behind closed doors.
The government is trying to impose the decision of justice organisations on the House of Representatives, Mr Behzad said.