|History and Biodata
Independent Election Commission appointed 2016 ( IEC Commission) :
IEC Head: Najibullah Ahmadzai (20171012) President Ashraf Ghani fired his own hand-picked Independent Election Commission Chairman Najibullah Ahmadzai on November 15, 2017; Gula Jan Abdul Badi Sayad Abdul Badi Sayyad (20180131)
IEC Deputy Head:
Maazullah Dawlati (20180619)
Operational director of the Independent Election Commission:
Obaidullah Niyazi had been arrested by the National Directorate of Security over alleged bribery (220181201)
IEC operational deputy: Mrs. Wasima Badghisi (20171207, 20180131)
Head of the IEC’s field operations department:
Zmarai Qalamyar (20180806)
IEC finance and administrative deputy: Abdul Qadir Qurashi,
IEC secretary and spokesman of the IEC: Abdul Badi Sayad, Gula Jan Abdul Badi Sayyad Gulajan Abdulbadi Sayad (20161127, 20170218, 20170416) Maazullah Dawlati (20180131)
Deputy Spokesman of IEC: Abdul Aziz Ibrahimi (20181112)
Head of IEC secretariat: Imam Mohammad Warimach (20170301, 20170909) fired over ‘corruption and poor performance’.(20171021) Shahla Haq as Acting Head of Secretariat for the commission (20180117) acting IEC Secretariat Chief Shahla Haqparast stepped down from her post over the decision to stamp the photocopy of voter’s national identity cards. After the resignation of Haqparast, the IEC introduced Khalid Fahim, Jawid Habibi and Abdul Baseer Azimi for the post, but sources say the nominees were rejected and the commission has been urged to introduce new faces. (20180601) Ahmad Shah Zamanzai (20190719)
IEC Member: Sayed Hafizullah Hashimi (20180113)
appointed for 5 years:
Najibullah Ahmadzai, was born 1976
Abdul Qadir Quraishi,
Mrs. Maliha Hassan,
Mrs. Wasima Badghisi.
appointed for upcoming 3 years:
Gulajan Sayad and
Maazullah Dawlati (20161122) IEC commissioner Ma’azullah Dawlati on Friday Sep 23, 2017 that many decisions by the commission were being taken by four members who failed to consult the other three commissioners.
President Ashraf Ghani has appointed Imam Mohammad Warimach as the head of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) secretariat.(20170301)
Six individuals picked as eligible for the Independent Election Commission (IEC) Secretary General post had been interviewed, directly by the country’s president, Second Vice-President Sarwar Danesh and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah. The interviewed individuals included Khaja Mohammad Asami, Ahmadullah Archiwal, Imam Mohammad Warimach, Abdul Raheem Daud Raheemi, Popal Habibi, Abdul Aziz Samim, Ahmad Shah Zamanzai and Sayed Jamaluddin Sahebzada, among whom, one would be picked for the slot.(20170301)
3. Biodata Mrs. Wasima Badghisi:
35, born in Badghis province, is a Tajik and holds a Master’s degree in Law and Political Sciences from Washington University, USA. She has served as lecturer at Herat University for more than eight years. She speaks Dari and English. On 22 November 2016, she was appointed as a commissioner in the IEC for five years.
3. Biodata Mrs. Maliha Hassan:
44, born in Kabul, is a Hazara and holds a Master’s degree from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, USA. She did her BA degree in Law and Political Science at Kabul University, Afghanistan. She was a member of Afghanistan’s Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC) for two years. She has served as lecturer in Kabul University since 2008 and has also worked for several UN agencies, including UNAMA, UNDP and UNHCR. She speaks Dari, Pashto and English. Before her appointment as a member of IEC, she also served briefly as deputy attorney general. On 22 November 2016, she was appointed as a commissioner in the IEC for five years.
3. Biodata Najibullah Ahmadzai:
40, Pashtun, was born in Paktia province. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Al-Khair University, Islamabad, Pakistan (2009), and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Indian School of Business Management and Administration, India (2014). He has worked with the IEC as Regional Election Coordinator for the South East region from 2008 to 2011. He has also worked with IOM as senior adviser for the Out-of-Country Registration and Voting process during the 2004 and 2005 elections. He speaks Pashto, Dari, Urdu and English. On 22 November 2016, he was appointed as a commissioner in the IEC for five years.
3. Abdul Qader Quraishi:
39, Uzbek, hails from Balkh province. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Jurisprudence and Law (2011) and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (2014) from private Khatem ul-Nabeyin University, Kabul. He has worked as a procurement specialist with different organisations, including the Administrative Office of the President and the Ministry of Finance. He speaks Dari, Pashto, Russian and English. On 22 November 2016, he was appointed as a commissioner in the IEC for five years.
3. Mazullah Daulati:
41, Aimaq from Ghor province. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Science (2001) from Kabul University and a Master’s degree in Political Science (2011) from Ferdousi University, Mashhad, Iran. Daulati has served with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in different capacities, inside and outside Afghanistan. He speaks Dari, Pashto, Arabic and English. On 22 November 2016, he was appointed as a commissioner in the IEC for three years.
3. Gula Jan Badi Sayyad:
43, Pashtun, from Kabul. He holds a PhD degree. Sayyad has served in the following capacities: lecturer at Kabul University, vice-chancellor of the private Karawan University, lecturer at Dawat University, member of the Sharia board of Afghanistan Central Bank, and director of the Islamic Centre for Peace Studies. He has also taught as lecturer at Egyptian and Pakistani universities (from 2002-05 and 2006-10 respectively) and has served as a Pashto broadcaster in Egypt’s National Television (2002-06). He speaks Farsi, Pashto, English, Arabic and Urdu. On 22 November 2016, he was appointed as a commissioner in the IEC for three years.
3. Rafiullah Bidar:
61, born in Nangarhar, is a Pashayi. He holds a Master’s degree in Technical Sciences from Technological Institute of Food Industry, Moscow, Russia (1980), a Master’s degree in Political Science (1985) and a PhD degree in History of International Relations (1988), both from the Institute of Human Science (now Gorbachev Foundation), Moscow, Russia. He has served as head of several regional offices and as head of the Press Office of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC). He has taught international relations and diplomacy at Kabul University and the Institute of Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He speaks Pashto, Dari, Russian and English. On 22 November 2016, he was appointed as a commissioner in the IEC for three years.
The IEC reportedly submitted the names of three candidates for the Secretariat Head position to the National Unity Government (NUG). However, all three were reportedly rejected by President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah.
Justifying government actions over the rejection of nominees, the CEO’s office has said government wants to ensure the right candidate is appointed so that previous issues are not repeated in the IEC.
Former member of the IEC’s media commission Imam Mohammad Warimach, the former head of IEC public relations, Ahmadullah Archiwal, and Popal Habibi were the nominees rejected for the IEC secretariat position. (20170129)