President Karzai appoints election body's chief   2010-04-17 18:06:28 FeedbackPrintRSS

KABUL, April 17 Xinhua) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai appointed Fazal Ahmad Manawi as head of the country's election body and members of the Election Complaints Commission (ECC) on Saturday, spokesman for Presidential Palace Waheen Omar said.

"In consultation with both chambers of the parliament, Fazal Ahmad Manawi had been appointed as chief of Independent Election Commission (IEC)," Omar told a news conference.

He also added that five members of the Election Complaints Commission including three Afghans and two foreigners - Mustafa Safwat of Iraq and Johann Kriegler of South Africa have been picked up.

In the wake of strong criticism over mismanagement and alleged fraud in the last year's presidential election head of IEC Azizullah Ludin and his deputy Daud Ali Najafi resigned on April 7.

President Hamid Karzai's political opponents at home and as well international community called on Afghan president to ensure the transparency of upcoming parliamentary elections set for September 18.

Afghan president in a legislative order last February excluded three foreign members of the five-member ECC the electoral monitoring body.

However, critics at home described the step as monopolizing the electoral body; while donor nations warned to halt funding election process if international staff of ECC are excluded.

In a meeting with President Karzai on the chair and attended by government officials and several lawmakers on Thursday, the government agreed to include two foreign nationals in the electoral monitoring body.

Editor: Bi Mingxin
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