The Independent Election Commission (IEC)’s regional office in central Logar province has not paid salaries to its contractual employees for three months.
The contractors say they daily visit the IEC regional office in Pul-i-Alam, the provincial capital, but armed guards at the gate do not allow them to meet with the authorities concerned.
Shir Aqa Abasi, the Hamid Karzai school voter’s registration center director, in Pul-i-Alam, told Pajhwok Afghan News they had been without salaries for the past three months.
“Eight percent of the contract-based workers have not received their salaries so far from the IEC’ regional office”, he said, warning if their salaries were further delayed, they would start agitation.
The Refugee Township’s polling station employee Zubair also said he had not received his salary for three months. He said he braved security threats performing his duty.
Bismallah, name registration employee at Magholkhel polling station in Mohammad Agha district, warned they would close the IEC’s regional office if their salaries were not released.
He said they had many times complained about non-payment of their salaries but no one paid attention.
Adalat Abdurahimzai, deputy head of the Provincial Council, also confirmed receiving complaints in this regard. He told Pajhwok they had shared the issue with the IEC.
A number of others contractors expressed similar views and urged the IEC to pay them their salaries as soon as possible.
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