The Afghan presidential palace has announced names of seven members of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and five members of the Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC). Most of the new members are not publicly known figures. There is also not much information available or shared online about their personal or professional backgrounds.
Members of the Independent Election Commission
The selected member ‘commissioners’ of IEC are Maleha Hassan, Najibullah Ahmadzai, Wasima Badghisi, Rafiullah Bidar, Abdul Qader Quraishi, Gulajan Sayad and Maazullah Dawlati.
‘Khabarnama’ has attempted here to compile a brief profile/information on these newly elected commissioners:
Maleha Hassan was born in Kabul and she is a Hazara. She has earned her Bachelor degree in law and political science from Kabul University and received her Master’s from the Lock Haven University, Pennsylvania, USA in humanities.
She has served as deputy finance and administrative chief and as a deputy combat violence against women in the Afghan Attorney General Office.
Ms. Hassan is a professor at Kabul University and has worked with the United Nations and other international institutions.
Najibullah Ahmadzai was born in Paktia and he is a Pashtun. He earned his Master’s degree in business administration from India. He previously worked in the regional office of the Independent Election Commission in Paktia province, as well as he has experience of working with some private institutions. Mr Ahmadzai is fluent in Pashtu, Dari, English, and Urdu languages.
Wasima Badghisi was born in Badghis province and she is a Tajik. She completed her Master’s degree from the US in Law and Political Science.
Rafiullah Bidar was born in Nangarhar province and he is a Pashai. He has earned his Master’s degree in political science and his PhD in History of International Relations from Russia.
Before joining the Afghanistan Independent Elections Commission, since 2014 he was head of the press office of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission in Kabul.
Dr Bidar has served as director of Faculty of Social Sciences at Kabul University. He also has worked with the Voice of Russia international radio.
He has written some books in the area of history, political science, and human rights.
Abdul Qadir Qureshi
Abdul Qadir Qureshi was born in Balkh province and he is an Uzbek. He has earned his master’s degree in political science from Khatam-ul-Nabiyeen University in Kabul. He has wide experience of working with the Ministry of Finance, the Office of the United Nations as well as some private companies at home and abroad.
Mr. Qureshi is fluent in English, Uzbeki, Pashtu, Dari, and Russian.
Gulajan Sayad was born in Kabul and he is a Pashtun. He has a PhD and has taught in Kabul, Dawat, and Karwan Universities. He has also served in a private bank. He has written books in the field of banking and jurisprudence.
Mr. Sayad is fluent in Dari, Pashtu, Arabic, and Urdu languages.
Maazullah Dawlati was born in Ghor province and he is an Aimak. He received his Bachelor degree from Kabul University studying Law and Political Science and his Master’s from Ferdowsi University in Iran.
He was previously an employee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan and he has served at the Afghan embassy in South Korea as well as the Afghan consulate in Mashhad, Iran.
He is fluent in Dari, Pashtu, Arabic, and English
Members of the Electoral Complaints Commission
The five selected member ‘commissioners’ of IECC are Ali Reza Rohani, Ghulam Dastgeer, Abdul Basir Faiz, Abdul Aziz Aryayee, and Humaira Haqmal.
Ali Reza Rohani
Ali Reza Rohani was born in Ghazni and he is a Hazara. He will be member of the Electoral Complaints Commission for five years.
He has earned his PhD in Criminal Law and Criminology and a Master’s degree in human rights.
Dr. Rohani has served as a legal adviser to the second Vice President of Afghanistan, as a Legal Advisor to the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and as a professor at Ibne-Sina University in Kabul.
He has written books in the area of human rights, women rights, and constitution.
Ghulam Dastgeer is a Pashtun from Wardak province. He will be member of the Electoral Complaints Commission for five years. He has earned a master’s degree in the field of criminal law and criminology from Khatam-ul-Nabiyeen University in Kabul.
Prior to joining the Electoral Complaints Commission, he has served as head of the Directorate of Prosecution of Crimes against public security.
Mr. Dastgeer has served at the High Office of Oversight & anti-corruption, the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, and Afghanistan’s Lower House of Representatives.
Abdul Basir Faiz
Abdul Basir Faiz was born in Badakhshan province and he is a Tajik and is now appointed to the IECC for five years. He earned his Bachelor degree in jurisprudence and law from Kabul University and his Master’s in Public Law from Khatamunabiyeen University.
He has served as a legal advisor to Telecom Regulatory Authority of Afghanistan. He has also worked with the Supreme Court of Afghanistan.
He has authored several books and numerous articles in law.
In addition to Dari and Pashto, he also knows Arabic and English.
Abdul Aziz Aryayee
M Abdul Aziz Aryayee is an Uzbek from Badakhshan province. He will be a member of the Electoral Complaints Commission for three years.
He has earned his Master’s degree in Islamic Studies from University of Islamabad, Pakistan. He has worked with the Ministry of Commerce and High Office of Oversight & anti-corruption.
Mr. Aryan, in addition to Dari and Pashto, is fluent in Arabic, Urdu and English languages.
Humaira Haqmal was born in Kabul and she is a Pashtun. She will be member of the Electoral Complaints Commission for three years.
She has a Bachelor degree in law and political science from Kabul University and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at Dawat University. She has taught at Bakhtar, Dawat, and Tabesh universities in Kabul, and has worked with some domestic and foreign institutions.
In addition to Dari and Pashto, she is fluent in English language.