Finally, after an extended delay, the selection committee members for the election commissions will start work.
Din Mohammad Gran, Mohammad Nadir Hotik, Lotfurrahman Sayed, Fahim Dashti, Naeem Ayoubzada, Zarqa Yaftali and Ahmad Zia Langari are the members of the selection committee for the election commission and will hold their first meeting on Thursday.
“The seven members of the selection committee, including civil society members, have completed all legal conditions and it is expected they will hold their first consultative and complimentary meeting tomorrow [Thursday]. Soon after this, they will have a meeting with the president and we hope that next week the first official meeting of the selection committee will be held in public,” President Ashraf Ghani’s deputy spokesman Sayed Zafar Hashemi said.
However the electoral reform commission criticized the delay in starting the selection committee’s process but have called on government to provide the groundwork for the committee members of the electoral commissions.
“The electoral reform special commission hopes that the selection committee proposes the best people for the electoral commissions to the government and that the government also, by the principles of virtue and neutrality, appoint seven members for the Independent Election Commission and five members for the Electoral Complaints Commission,” said Siddiqullah Tawhidi, deputy of the government’s reform commission.
“We welcome the move to start the selection committee’s work and … we hope that they work on standards and that we witness that the committee introduces commissioners who are better than the current commissioners,” said the head of civil society network organizations for elections Jandad Spinghar.
The selection committee was due to start work at least a month ago but were delayed after a number of civil society institutions opposed the introduction of three members of civil society representatives in the selection committee.