Afghanistan’s new election officials sworn in

  • Date of Publication : 4/03/2019 at 09:39 GMT

Afghanistan’s newly appointed 14 top officials of electoral commissions took the oath of office on Monday, ahead of presidential election on 20 July.

The officials were approved by the president after they were chosen by candidates of the upcoming vote. They were picked from a pool of 81 nominees presented by political parties and civil society institutions.

Habib-ur-Rahman Nang and Chaman Shah Etemadi are the new heads of secretariat of the Independent Election Commission and Electoral Complaints Commission respectively.

The change in the leadership of the commissions comes after a parliamentary vote in October that was marred by technical and organizational problems.

The swearing-in ceremony for newly-appointed election officials was witnessed and addressed by President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah in the presidential palace.

Ghani warned the new officials against maintain ties with political parties. He also called for final results of October parliamentary election to be released soon.

He also asked the commissions to elect their head and deputy head in their first meeting.

CE Abdullah called on the new officials to carry out their duties honestly and responsibly. He said that the government was committed to independence of the commissions and to provide necessary resources.

IEC’s new commissioners:

Syed Esmatullah Mal
Mohammad Abdullah
Mohammad Haneef Danishyar
Musafir Quqandi
Hawa Alam Nuristani
Rahima Zarifi
ECC’s new commissioners:

Mohammad Qasim Ilyasi
Zuhra Bayan Shinwari
Din Mohammad Azimi
Mohammad Yunus Tughra
Syed Qutubuddin Roydar