Politics

Afghans should decide on Afghanistan future

As final results of parliamentary elections have not been announced so far, officials for Independent Election Commission (IEC) have announced a new date for presidential election.
Previously, officials for the IEC had said that a new timeline has been prepared and would be shared with electoral partners, political parties and electoral watchdog organizations.
They had said works were underway to outline a timeline for the upcoming presidential election and that it would be announced within next week.
On Wednesday, Independent Election Commission (IEC)announced September 28 as the new date for presidential and provincial council elections.
Based on the previous timeline, the elections were supposed to be held on July 20. Addressing a news conference held on Wednesday, head of Afghanistan Independent Election Commission Hawa Alam Nuristani said the new amendments to the election law and some other issues are behind the decision to postpone the elections.
Nuristani said that the elections would be held on 28 September if the stakeholders, especially the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and international community provided the budget of the election commission. She further said that the commission was not able to hold the elections based on the previous timetable due to some problems in the electoral process.
Nuristani asserted that the presidential elections, provincial council elections, district council elections and Ghazni parliamentary elections would be held together on September 28.
According to IEC officials, Afghanistan’s October 20 parliamentary elections were “the worst elections in the last 15 years”.
Meanwhile, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, addressing a big crowd of the people at a ceremony held Thursday on the occasion of Nawroz celebration in Balkh, said presidential election were one of the most important happenings in the New Year and that the process should not face a further delay.
“No more delay in the presidential election is acceptable,” the country’s President stressed, adding that the people of Afghanistan should decide what kind of future they want.
The ceremony in Mazar-e-Sharif city was attended by President Ghani, government officials, Afghanistan’s Head of Ulema Council, Qayamuddin Kashaf, diplomats from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a decree issued on Feb 12 modified the elections law based on which head of secretariats and commissioners for Independent Election Commission (IEC) and Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) were fired from their posts. The country’s President took the step after serious criticism raised in connection with frauds and violations in the previous parliamentary elections held four months ago.
It is worth mentioning that the long-awaited parliamentary elections which were held on October 20 were marred by series of technical and organizational failures.
Lailuma Noori

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