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Donor countries support transparent, fair elections in Afghanistan

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However, discussions are still ongoing on holding presidential elections by the government and a number of candidates, Afghanistan’s donor countries and organizations stress that they will support transparent and fair elections in the country.
Furthermore, they have already shared their views and suggestions on elections with the national unity government leaders.
This comes as the government of Afghanistan is committed to hold elections on time.
US special envoy on Afghanistan peace Zalmai Khalilzad is also emphasizing on preparations to hold presidential elections.
He added Taliban are expected to reach a peace agreement before holding presidential elections, thus, preparations should be taken in this regard.
Presidential elections was expected to be held on Saratan 29, but Independent Elections Commission delayed it for the second times.
But now, presidential, districts councils and Wolesi Jirga elections in Ghazni are expected to be held on Mizan 6 equals with Sep. 28, 2019.
A number of elections observant entities say that constitution has been violated by delaying presidential elections deadline, adding IEC officials are responsible to answer the people.
They added they want presidential elections to be held on its due time.
IEC has had many shortcomings in parliamentary elections as its final results have not still been declared, head of FIFA Yousuf Rashid said.
He added if electoral commissions want to win the people trust, they should be fully prepared to transparently hold the upcoming presidential elections.
This is while that based on constitution, if presidential elections date faces any change, IEC members are obliged to send a draft for approval to leadership committee.
The committee is led by the president and its members are including national security council’s representatives, both houses’ speakers, head of supreme court, attorney general and head of commission to oversee constitution.
Experts and people believe that presidential elections need political will more than commissions’ capability.
According to them, electoral commissions showed in parliamentary elections that they cannot manage the presidential elections, therefore, bringing fundamental reforms is a serious need in this regard.
Calling using biometric system one of the main steps to hold transparent elections in future, they stressed on acceleration of electronic ID cards distribution.
Likewise, security entities assure the people of ensuring security during presidential elections.
Parliamentary elections have been held with vast participation of people across the country, but its final results have not still been declared.
Suraya Raiszada

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