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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.

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced detailed results from the 2014 presidential elections on Wednesday, one and a half years after the national unity government was formed in Kabul.
The first round of the presidential vote was held on April 5, but it produced no clear winner and the election went to a runoff stage between then two top-vote getters Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf  Ghani.
The runoff election took place on June 14 2014, but the results had to be delayed due to widespread allegations of fraud, triggering a political standoff.

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Participatory Democracy for Afghanistan (PDFA) on Thursday asked President Ashraf Ghani to remove commissioners on the two electoral bodies as soon as possible.
PDFA said reforms in laws and the electoral regime were a vital part of the national unity government agreement.
Asadullah Mohseni, head of PDFA, told a news conference in Kabul that the electoral system could not be reformed despite efforts of the Electoral Reform Commission (ERC) that had shared its two sets of suggestions about reforms with the Presidential Palace.

KABUL (Pajhwok): An election watchdog said on Saturday the process of reforms had been stymied by the Wolesi Jirga’s rejection of the presidential decrees cleaning up the electoral system.
The deadlock hasspawned multiple challenges to the conduct of future parliamentary elections and hanged as a big question mark over the national unity government’s legitimacy.
Bringing fundamental reforms to the country’s election system was one of the pledgesheld out by leaders of the unity government. But no reforms have been introduced despite the passage of 18 months.

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Chief Executive Office on Sunday said the schedule for parliamentary and district council elections would be announced by new commissioners and the current schedule had no justification and was unacceptable.
Javed Faisal, deputy spokesman for the Chief Executive Office, said the election date announced by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) had no justification because the government and the people of Afghanistan wanted the country’s electoral regime to be reformed before new elections.

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