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Probe Into Ex-Election Commissioners’ Case At A Standstill

The case of former members of the electoral bodies is at a standstill eight months after it was made public and was sent to the Attorney General’s Office for further proceedings. 

The members of the Independent Election Commission and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission were removed from their posts in February.

The ex-commissioners are accused of fraud and corruption in last year’s parliamentary elections.

Their removal, according to government officials, was aimed at ensuring transparency in the upcoming presidential elections – scheduled for September 28. 

A protesting candidate of parliamentary elections said efforts are underway to annul the probe into the former election commissioners’ case.

“They (former election commissioners) should be brought to justice and the issue should be solved. This is not the issue of two nominees; it is the issue of all the people of Afghanistan,” said Salih Mohammad, a parliamentary candidate from Badakhshan.

A number of lawmakers said that the former members of the election commissions have lodged at the Meshrano Jirga, the Upper House of Parliament, against the Attorney General’s Office and are pleading not guilty. 

“Those who have not done their jobs properly, have misused their authorities, betrayed or received bribes and made deals should be punished,” said Muhammad Akbari, a Senator.

Election observers criticized judicial institutions for a delay in the investigation of the former election commissioners’ case. 

“Delay in securing justice affects people’s people trust [in judicial institutions] and it increases the culture of impunity,” the head of the Afghan Civil Society Forum, Aziz Rafiee, said. 

A spokesman for Attorney General’s Office, Jamshid Rasuli, told TOLOnews that the case has been finalized has been sent to the Supreme Court. 

Officials from the Supreme Court did not comment on this matter.

Elections 2019

Probe Into Ex-Election Commissioners’ Case At A Standstill

The Attorney General’s Office spokesman says the case has been sent to the Supreme Court.

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The case of former members of the electoral bodies is at a standstill eight months after it was made public and was sent to the Attorney General’s Office for further proceedings. 

The members of the Independent Election Commission and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission were removed from their posts in February.

The ex-commissioners are accused of fraud and corruption in last year’s parliamentary elections.

Their removal, according to government officials, was aimed at ensuring transparency in the upcoming presidential elections – scheduled for September 28. 

A protesting candidate of parliamentary elections said efforts are underway to annul the probe into the former election commissioners’ case.

“They (former election commissioners) should be brought to justice and the issue should be solved. This is not the issue of two nominees; it is the issue of all the people of Afghanistan,” said Salih Mohammad, a parliamentary candidate from Badakhshan.

A number of lawmakers said that the former members of the election commissions have lodged at the Meshrano Jirga, the Upper House of Parliament, against the Attorney General’s Office and are pleading not guilty. 

“Those who have not done their jobs properly, have misused their authorities, betrayed or received bribes and made deals should be punished,” said Muhammad Akbari, a Senator.

Election observers criticized judicial institutions for a delay in the investigation of the former election commissioners’ case. 

“Delay in securing justice affects people’s people trust [in judicial institutions] and it increases the culture of impunity,” the head of the Afghan Civil Society Forum, Aziz Rafiee, said. 

A spokesman for Attorney General’s Office, Jamshid Rasuli, told TOLOnews that the case has been finalized has been sent to the Supreme Court. 

Officials from the Supreme Court did not comment on this matter.

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