Ghani vows to reform IEC

KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday pledged to reform the Independent Election Commission (IEC) in a suitable time. The presidential palace said.
During a meeting with IEC delegation headed by its chief Ahmad Yousef Nuristani the president said that IEC should preserve its independent status in the country to gain public and civil society confidant.
Nuristani informed President Ghani over multiple IEC related issues including the upcoming parliamentary election and challenges faced by the IEC, the presidential statement said.
The sources said that president and IEC officials discussed technical, security and administrative issues within the commission, adding that both sides stressed the need for free, fair and balanced elections throughout the country. 
Ghani said: “I respect the independence of IEC and wants you to preserve your independence in a way that the people of Afghanistan and civil society organizations trust you.”
Earlier, the president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) during their election campaign promised to bring reforms in IEC.
Last year Wolesi Jirga members urged drastic reforms in the duties and responsibilities of election commissions, but no tangible steps had been take so far. 
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