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KANDAHAR/MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Protestors closed provincial Independent Election Commission (IEC) offices in Kandahar and Balkh provinces on Saturday, warning to keep the offices shut until their demands were accepted.


KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior Ministry of Interior official on Saturday ordered the police to use force if necessary in maintaining security of election offices.
Senior deputy interior minister for security Akhtar Mohammad Ibrahimi in a video clip said no one has the right to close election offices.

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Population Registration Department (PRD) on Thursday said five million new paper identity cards were issued to people during the past six months, amid claims of forgery.


KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Wednesday warned disqualifying candidates against offering bribes to be included in the already-announced primary list of runners in the upcoming elections.


KABUL (Pajhwok): Independent Election Commission (AIEC) chief Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani on Saturday resigned from his post, an official said.
Deputy presidential spokesman, Syed Zafar Hashimi, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Nuristani’s resignation was accepted by President Ashraf Ghani.
A statement from the Presidential Palace said Nuristani presented his resignation letter to the president after realizing the country’s political and social situation and for the sack of national interest and returning to the social prosperity and stability of Afghanistan.

KABUL (Pajhwok): Under the new presidential decree on electoral reform, a new selection committee would be established to pave the way for replacing officials of the two electoral bodies, an official said on Sunday.
Syed Zafar Hashimi, the deputy spokesman for the Presidential Palace, told Pajhwok Afghan News the new legislative decree was enforceable since its signing by the president.
A BBC report says President Ghani has signed the law on composition, duties, responsibilities and authorities of the election commissions about 12 days ago.

KABUL (Pajhwok): The presidential decree on electoral reform would be published soon in the Ministry of Justice’s website and the government gazette and a tree-pillar meeting would be conducted to resolve women’s problems, a presidential spokesman said on Saturday.
Addressing a press conference here, deputy presidential spokesman Syed Zafar Hashimi said President Ashraf Ghani had promised representatives of women’s organizations solution to women issues.

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) chief on Thursday said he would not accept any new post if merely aimed at ousting him from the IECC.
In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Abdul Sattar Sadat said immense pressure from international organizations prevented the Independent Election Commission (IEC) from announcing detailed results of the 2014 presidential elections.
He said holding parliamentary and district council elections would be impossible next solar year if the security situation further worsened or not improved.

KABUL (Pajhwok): Election watchdogs have expressed their concern over the delay in releasing a second presidential decree on reforming the country’s electoral regime.
Reliable government sources say President Ashraf Ghani is expected to issue his second decree on electoral reforms before the Wolesi Jirga returns from its winter recess.
Ghani’s previous decree in this regard had been rejected by the lower house, jeopardizing efforts at revamping the electoral system and barring the Selection Committee from continuing its job.

KABU (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Civil Society Election Network (ACSEN) on Thursday stressed the need for complete transparency in the selection of new election commissioners.
Habib Rahman Nang, ACSEN’s executive chief, told reporters in Kabul the government had failed to keep its promise of taking concert steps toward reforming the country’s election system.


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