Advisory meeting held between Independent Election commission and Political Parties
Thu Jul 19, 1:53 pm
Officials of the Independent Election Commission stressed that at any cost they will not let the upcoming Presidential Election become tainted by fraud or corruption. They stated that they will be transparent in how they work with political parties and will uphold the Afghan constitution to protect the interest of the people of Afghanistan.
The Independent Election Commission held the advisory meeting with leaders and Representative of Political Parties on Wednesday July 18 to provide a framework of cooperation in order to conduct a better presidential election.
The Advisory meeting was held in consultation with the political parties to find solutions for the existing challenges that impair fair and open elections. Mahnawe said to assembled journalists that the Election will be held according to the country’s constitution at the proper and appointed time.
Fazal Ahmad Mahnawe, President of the Independent Election Commission, cited several problems that the IEC is determined to overcome from the last election, including unstable security, a lack of exact population figures on a local, regional, and national basis, and the absence of voter statistics. “We are looking to reopen the voters’ registration process for a transparent election,” Mahnawe said.
Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, President of the National Coalition, said that all Political Parties in Afghanistan must work to prevent obstacles to a fair and transparent presidential election.
It has been reported there are some concerns among political parties and Afghan people regarding unsound and fraudulent practices that could harm the integrity of upcoming election, but the Independent Election commission placed strong emphasis on their determination to conduct transparent elections in 2014.
There will be two major events in Afghanistan during the next two years that will largely define Afghanistan’s future. One will be the transition of security responsibilities from international force actions and protection; the other will be the transition of political power from current leaders to those who will be elected and appointed in 2014. The Independent Election Commission has indicated that they understand the importance of these two issues in determining Afghanistan’s long-term stability and economic future.