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Mrs. Hawa Alam Nooristani, Chairwoman of IEC

Mrs. Hawa Alam Nooristani, Chairwoman of IEC

Hawa Alam Nuristani is a daughter of Haji Payandah Mohammad Khan Torahkhil, Granddaughter of Faiz Mohammad Khan, great granddaughter of Sepahsalar Mohammad Alam Khan and Born in a well-known and influential family in Behsood district of Nangarhar province.

Academic background: Mrs. Hawa Alam Nuristani completes her primary and secondary education in Nangarhar province. She holds a bachelor's degree in law and political science from Kabul University and a master's degree in international relations.

Work Experience

Mrs. Nuristani, she has served for over 34 years in various high-ranking and Superior-ranking position in governmental instituation and she has also served in accredited national and international institutions. She has also served for two decades as a reporter for the Ministry of Borders and Tribal, Affairs of Radio Jirga, a spokesperson for the National Radio and Television of Afghanistan, a director of the Mirman Magazine, the head of publications for Ministry of Women's Affairs', and a director of the Ershad al-Siswan newsletter. Mrs. Nuristani in the 15th Majlis, was the Representative of honorable People of Nuristan in the Wolesi Jirga and she has worked in various positions including Secretary of the Commission on International Relations, Commissioner for Human Rights, Member of the High Peace Council, Chair of the Commission on Access to Information, Member of the Media Breach Commission.

In addition to being a member of the Traditional Loya Jirga, she has played a positive role in all the Jirga which held for the improvement and well-being of the Afghan people. She has traveled to more than twenty-five countries to secure women's rights, reduce violence, secure peace and more, and she has been praised and honored by senior officials during these missions.

Mrs. Nuristani due to her love for her homeland and her country, she always stay very close with people in all circumstances and she has not resided in any other foreign country.

Mrs. Nuristani is also poetic personality and by this mean she portrait of her people's suffering and oppression.

Participation of Mrs. Hawa Alam Nuristani at international conferences

Mrs. Hawa Alam Nuristani has acted as a woman on behalf of Afghan women in various assemblies and conferences on political, social, peace and especially women's rights issues inside the country and abroad. The following may be mentioned:

  • Participation in Moscow conference to discuss bringing peace to the country
  • Participation in the peace process at the Moscow conference
  • Participation in the Peace Process at the Highland Conference
  • Participation in the peace process at the Pakistan conference
  • Participation in the peace process at the German conference
  • Participation in the Philippine Conference on Civil Society
  • Attendance at the Asia Pacific Conference in Thailand

Mr. Esmatullah Mal, Vice Chairperson of IEC

Mr. Esmatullah Mal, Vice Chairperson of IEC

Honorable Sayed Esmatullah "Mal", son of Sayed Ahmadullah, was born in 1361 Hijre Shamsi in an intellectual and religious family. He is married and his native language is Pashto and he has considerable knowledge of English language.

 He completed his 14th graduation at Institute of Chemical Technology of Oil and Gas (Balkh Oil and Gas Technology). He obtained a bachelor's degree in engineering from Balkh University's chemical technology department. He is pursuing his master's program in Business Administration at Duniya University.

Work Experiences

  • Administrative Officer and Security Officer of Northern Zone (IEC) in years (1386-1390)
  • Operational Officer (High Peace Council) of Balkh Province (1390 to 1391)
  • Head of the Department of Petroleum and Liquefied Petroleum Gas in the province of Balkh Province in years (1391 to 1397)
  • And recently, Mr. Mal, based on the new election law, through internal election of presidential candidates of 1398 by taking the majority of votes and according to Decree No. (155) dated 12/12/1397, of Presidential Office was appointed as a commissioner for the Independent Election Commission Afghanistan (IEC).

Mr. Mosafer Quqandi, Secretary & Commissioner of IEC

Mr. Mosafer Quqandi  

Mr. Awrang Zib, Commissioner of IEC

Mr. Awarang Zib

Honorable Awrangzib is son of Mohammad Hassan was born in a religious family in Paktia province on  1358. He completed his primary and secondary education at Shirkhan High School in Kunduz Province and completed his High school graduation from same High School in 1382. Mr. Aurangzeb after graduation of High school entered Kabul University by passing the Kankor exam in 1383 and he graduated by achieving top grades from faculty of Agriculture of Kabul University.

After completion of his higher education Mr. Awrangzib served as General Manager of Transport at the Ministry of Higher Education for 2 year. He was appointed as a head of Finance and Administration of Paktika Province for 2 years has been praised by Governor for his valuable work. After number of achievements in Paktika province through the Open Competition process, he was appointed as Head of Procurement and Logistics at the ]ndependent Directorate of local Governance in Kabul and he served for other two year.

Mr. Awranzib appointed as Financial and Administrative Assistant to Secretariat of the Independent Election Commission Afghanistan through the Open Competition process and according to the presidential office decree.

And recently, Mr. Aurangzeb, based on the new election law, through internal election of presidential  candidates of 1398 by taking the majority of votes and according to Decree No. (155) dated 12/12/1397, of Presidential Office was appointed as a commissioner for the Independent Election Commission Afghanistan (IEC).

Mr. Mohammad Hanif Danish Yar, Commissioner of IEC

Mr. Mohammad Hanif Danish Yar

Mohammad Hanif "Danishyar" is son of Zawarshah, was born in 1362 in a religious and cultural family in the Moradineh district of Malestan district of Ghazni province. Mr. Danishyar completed his primary, secondary and High school by achievement of High-grades in the Moradineh High School in Malistan District of Ghazni Province and he started his higher education journey after successfully passing the Kankor exam in 1384 and he has been selected in Social Sciences faculty of Kabul University.

During his studies beside his extensive social and cultural activities, he served as the Chairman of the Board of the Junbish Naween Afghanistan Organization and head of Kanoon Khidmatgozaraan and he has been actively served as the head Reform and Peace (Special). He completed his bachelor Graduation in Sociology from Social Sciences Department of Kabul University in 1387 with a high grades and he is currently pursuing a master's degree in public administration at Duniya University and he has good knowledge of two national languages (Dari, Pashto) and he also knows English language.

Mr. Danishyar, he served with pride  For more than 5 years (1392 - end of 1397), as the spokesperson and head of public information and communication of the Ministry of Counter Narcotics; 3 years as Supervisor of monitoring and evaluation in Directorate of local Governance; and 2 years as project manager and financial and administrative director of the RahSabz Organization. At the end of 1397, he was nominated to the post of commissioner of the Independent Election Commission by getting the required number votes from presidential candidates, he has been elected as commissioner of IEC. Currently he is enthusiastically serving as commissioner of the IEC.

His most important achievements during his tenure were:

  • Develop a public awareness policy considering to combat against drugs
  • Designing, formulating and implementing communication strategies (internal, external, critical-media and gender) between 1393-1397;
  • Planning, drafting and implementation of Weekly Program against drugs, which has been included in timeline by Islamic Republic of Afghanistan onward 1393.
  • To attract financial and technical support from foreign donors, and in particular the United States Office of International Narcotics, in the fight against drug advertising;
  • Creating a network of national and local reporters to combat drugs;
  • Establish effective oversight mechanisms to monitor the performance of Directorate of local Governance in Directorate of local Governance administration.

Mr. Mawlana Abdullah, Commissioner of IEC

Mr. Mawlana Abdullah  

Mrs. Rahema Zarifi, Commissioner of IEC

Mrs. Rahema Zarifi

Personal Information:

Name: Rahima Zarifi

Father's name: Muhammad Juma

Permanent Residence: Khalm District, Balkh Province, she spent 22 Years in Baghlan Province, Pul-e-Khumri city 

Mrs. Ivilina Robinson, International Commissioner of IEC

Mrs. Avilin Robinson   Mrs. Ivilina Aleksieva-Robinson was a Chair of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Bulgaria in the period March 2014 – March 2019. For the time of her term CEC-Bulgaria organized and conducted 5 national elections, 2 national referendums and many by-elections and local referendums. Before that she was Executive Director of the Institute of Modern Politics – a non-profit organization, which works in the field of monitoring the legislation according to the principles of transparency, publicity, accountability and civil participation in decision making. She was an advisor to the Minister of Emergency Situations; a lawyer; a member of the CEC (2005). Her professional experience includes advising NGOs working in the field of human rights protection, good governance and anti-corruption. Mrs. Robinson is an author of analyzes and proposals for new/ amendments of the electoral legislation. She participated in Civil Councils to the Parliament Committees for the preparation of the Election Code now in force; in round tables and discussions on electoral matters; in preparation of statements on conducting of the presidential elections 2011 for Constitutional Court cases and others. Mrs. Robinson was a member of the Executive Board of the Association of European Election Officials (ACEEEO) for the period 2016 – 2019 and a President of ACEEEO for 2017. She was a member of the Executive Board of the Association of the World Election Bodies (A-WEB) for the period 2017 - 2019. She also participated as a speaker in the events in the field of election processes organized by ICPS, the Venice Commission to the Council of Europe, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe/ Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, EC, international IDEA, observed elections and others.

Mr. Ahmed Issack Hassan, International Commissioner of IEC

محترم احمد اسحق حسن کمیشنربین المللی کمیسیون مستقل انتخابات 

Mr Ahmed Issack is a Kenyan National who is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a Certified Public Secretary( CPS).He was the former chairman of Kenya’s Elections Commission for close to 8 years ( 2009-2017).  Prior to that he has served as a commissioner in the constitution of Kenya Review Commission ( CKRC) and as a legal consultant to UNDP Somalia in the Somalia Constitution Making Project. He has practiced law in his Country specializing in Constitutional and Civil law as the Managing Partner of his law firm Ibrahim , Issack & Co. Advocates.

He has over 25 years of progressive experience in legal practice, Election Administration and public service .

He has a Bachelors Degree in Law(LLB) from University of Nairobi,Post graduate Diploma in legal Practice from Kenya School of Law and Diploma in Advanced Public Administration Management from Galilee Insititute of management in Israel .

He has extensive experience in Elections at both National & International levels. He has served as Chair of the Association of African Electoral Authorities (AAEA) based in Ghana and the Commonwealth Electoral Network (CEN) based in London. He was also a member of the Executive Board and Chair of the Audit & Oversight Committee of the Association of World Electoral Bodies based in Seoul. He has observed Elections in several countries in Asia, Africa, Europe , Australia,North and South America. He was the Head of Mission of the Africa Union Elections Observer Mission to Nigeria Elections in 2011, the EISA Observer Mission to Ghana’s Elections in 2012 and IGAD’s Observer Mission to Djibouti’s Elections in 2016.

He has received several National and International awards for his work in Elections. He received the ICPS International Electoral Award in 2013 for Conflict Resolution and Elections management. He was also conferred the Order of the Chief of the Burning Spear, CBS, First Class , Civilian in January 2018 by the President of Kenya for Distinguished services rendered to the Nation.