Sun, Oct

Next president to name IEC secretary


IEC-secretaryA new Independent Election Commission (IEC) secretary would be appointed by the next president, while a government, an official said on Saturday.

IEC spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor told reporters in Kabul Syed Ehsan Tahiri and Farid Afghanzai were tipped for the slot. Currently the job is being handled by the assistants of the former secretary Ziaul Haq Amarkhel.
Amarkhel was accused of trying to commit fraud by prudential candidate Dr Abdullah Abdullah. Subsequently, he resigned his position about a month ago.
Noor said: “A new secretary will be appointed based on IEC suggestion after the next government is inaugurated. The incoming president will take a decision on the issue.”
But a government official, who did not want to be name, said Tahiri, a senior member of the Office of Administrative Affairs and Council of Ministers Secretariat, was one of the candidates for the position.
The source told Pajhwok Afghan News IEC External Relations Department head Mohammad Farid Afghanzai was also in the run for the slot.
A day earlier, the issue was discussed during a meeting between presidential candidates Dr Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.
Tahiri, 30, has been a spokesman for the Office of Administrative Affairs as well as served as the Ministry of Education.
Farid Afghanzai has held different positions in the IEC office. Currently, he is the head of External Relations Department.