Press Release

May 31, 2017

ETWA Concerns on Tensions over IEC’s Secretary Recruitment
The recent recruitment of the secretary of election commission after prolonging disagreements among the body members and the government’s meddling in the process contrary to the electoral law has raised serious concerns about the polling process, especially impartiality and independence of the body. Under paragraph (3) of article (22) of election law, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) has delivered list of three candidates for secretary post of the body to the presidential palace one month ago. The list of three contenders, which provided by IEC’s four commissioners, has witnessed a harsh criticism from other three colleagues, accusing the three over violation of principle of (impartiality and meetings organizing rules) during this selection process. Finally the leaders of National Unity Government (NUG) after outside pressures has asked IEC contrary to article (22) to resend presidency a list of further candidates agreed by all commissioners. Recently, the IEC shared a list of eight-member contenders with the presidential palace.

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