Abdullah’s electoral team released a statement to protest the appointment of former spokesperson of Independent Election Commission, Mohammad Noor, as its senior adviser by president Ghani. The statement called it an “illegal act” and explicit meddling in the election.
Dr. Abdullah’s electoral team in a statement said on Tuesday: “appointment of Mr. Noor as advisor of Independent Election Commission is illegal and clear interference in the election.”
The statement further added that the Justice & Partnership team believes that, given the past bitter experiences, government interference in electoral commissions affairs and role of former commissioners in fraudulent election, as well as the reappointment of former and dismissed officials of electoral institutions undermine public confidence in the commissions.
Such appointments by president thwart a transparent, widespread and credible election, the statement said.
Abdullah’s electoral team called for immediate dismissal of Mr. Noor as senior advisor of Independent Election Commission and avoidance of presidential palace meddling in internal affairs of electoral commissions.