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Selection Committee to introduce three nominees to President

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Selection Committee to introduce three nominees to President
 Holding fair and transparent parliamentary elections is a big test for National Unity Government (NUG). Upcoming parliamentary and district councils elections is determined to be held in during the current year, but there are still big obstacles towards holding the elections as the Election Commissions Selection Committee has received applications from 57 applicants for membership of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and it is determined that the committee will send three names from the list of applicants to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani within the next few days.
“Deadline for accepting the applications expired last week and they are now reviewing the applications,” said Jawed Rasheedi, head of the selection committee.
He added that the committee would eventually try to review forms that have been resubmitted to the committee and would pick up three nominees meeting all requirements and send to presidential office in accordance to elections law and procedure of the committee.
Last year the committee introduced 21 nominees to presidential office and the President picked up seven names for membership of the Independent Elections Commission (IEC). Based on the law, in case that a member of the IEC dies, resigns or is sacked, the country’s President has the authority to appoint another person from 21 nominees.
Media sources say a number of former and current government officials have nominated for membership of the IEC, but the committee has yet to say in this regard.
“We hold the commission’s administrative body elections in which head, two deputies and spokesperson of the commission are selected and the second thing that has slowed down our works is the commission’s employment process which will be soon addressed,” said Abdulbadi Sayyad, secretariat chief of IEC.
Previously, Independent Elections Commissions had declared 07 July, 2018 as exact day for parliamentary and district councils elections, but later on the date has changed and Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) in a message said the elections would be held in October of the current year.
Any kind of delay in holding process of the elections is considered as big harm to democracy of Afghanistan. The country’s parliamentary and district councils elections that was determined to be held two year ago has not been held so far. This has caused that parliament of Afghanistan lose its legitimacy as the parliament has now lost its power in political relations and among the public.
On the other hand, in case that parliamentary elections not held this year, upcoming presidential elections will be affected too. Term of National Unity Government (NUG) will end in 2019 and the elections should be held on the respective year.
Thus, delay in parliamentary elections can result in delaying the presidential elections and eventually delaying of the respective elections will disrupt the whole democratic process of the country and possibly pave the way for political crisis in the country.
In consideration that parliamentary elections is held, it is necessary that serious decisions should be made in this regard so all concerns of the people will be addressed. 
National Unity Government (NUG) is needed to address all issues in this regard so current disorders are soon addressed.  

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