383 applicants competed for 23 district governor positions in Kabul, Kapisa, Bamiyan, Ghazni, Daikundi and Maidan Wardak provinces.
On the opening ceremony of the written exam for district governor positions, Baryalai Helmand, commissioner of the Civil Service Appointment Board of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC), said, “The IARCSC and the Independent Directorate of Local Governance tried their best to conduct the recruitment process in full transparency. The government endeavours to provide capacity-building on the provincial level, too.”
Abdul Baqi Popal, the deputy IDLG director for municipal affairs, regarded the recruitment of district governors as a transparent process and said, “There are about 15 applicants for each position and only one will be recruited. Only those who achieve the highest marks will be employed.”
Jalila Khawari who has a master’s degree in sociology and is an applicant for the district governor position in Waras district of Bamiyan province said, “District governor positions are seen by many as male positions but I wanted to break this tradition. That’s why I have applied for this position.”