Kabul: The head of Afghanistan`s Independent
Election Commission and his number two have stepped down, the
government said today, amid international pressure following
last year`s fraud-tainted vote.
"The tenure of the President of the election commission,
Dr Azizullah Ludin, has come to an end," President Hamid
Karzai`s spokesman Waheed Omer told a news conference in
"Yesterday (Tuesday) he told the president that he did
not want to continue in the position any more. It was accepted
by the President.
"(Chief electoral officer) Daoud Ali Najafi also
resigned. His resignation was accepted and a new figure will
be appointed," the spokesman said.