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Afghanistan’s Upcoming Elections Still Face Challenges: IEC

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(Last Updated On: January 24, 2018)

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has labeled security, lack of budget and distribution of electronic ID cards the main challenges ahead of the upcoming parliamentary and provincial council elections.

Currently, all eyes are on the Afghan government as to whether or not it will be able to deliver on its promise of providing free and fair parliamentary and district elections scheduled for July 7, 2018.

“The three challenges; insecurity, lack of budget and electronic ID cards have been seriously affected the timing of holding the upcoming elections,” said Abdul Badi Sayad, IEC commissioner.

During the introduction ceremony of a new commissioner, the IEC officials have called on electoral partners to provide the election’s requirements on its specified time.

The newly-appointed commissioner, Sayed Hafizullah Hashemi said, “The election commission is now in a tight situation that should take positive steps for transparency, trust building and accountability.”

However, the electoral observing and monitoring institutions do not believe that the upcoming election will be held in its specific time.

“The elections will not be held in its specific time. But if they honestly works, they can prevent some delays,” said Naeem Ayoub Zada, head of the Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA).

As the parliamentary elections approach and the country undergoes a difficult time in terms of stability and legitimacy, the Afghan government and international community need to consider the most feasible reforms. Otherwise, the July 7, 2018 parliamentary election originally scheduled for October 15, 2016 will further loosen the already shaky pillars of the government.

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Ghani, Pompeo discuss next steps in Afghan peace process

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(Last Updated On: June 2, 2020)

President Ashraf Ghani spoke with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo via video conference on Monday and discussed the next steps in the Afghan peace process.

The video conference was attended also by first VP Amrullah Saleh, and second VP Sarwar Danish, Abdullah Abdullah head of High Council for National Reconciliation, US special Peace Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, Resolute Support commander Scott Miller.

The Presidential Palace said in a statement that the two sides discussed joint efforts to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Pompeo said that the main objective of the US is a united, sovereign, democratic, and stable Afghanistan in the framework of enduring long-term and strategic relations between the two countries, the statement added.

The two sides discussed further steps on the peace process including prisoner releases and place of intra-Afghan negotiations.

They emphasized on joint cooperation on reporting during the process.

“They agreed that the next steps in the peace process should be worked on in the next upcoming days and the Afghan government shall work on a mechanism that would determine rules of the game for the undeclared ceasefire.

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Taliban gunned down four civilians in Badakhshan: official

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(Last Updated On: June 2, 2020)

The Taliban fighters have gunned down four civilians in Badakhshan province, a local official confirmed.

The incident has taken place in the Shewa area in the Arghanchkhah district of the province on Monday evening.

Nek Mohammad Nazari, a spokesman for the provincial governor told Ariana News that the militants have shot dead two men along with their sons.

According to Nazari, the incident happened at the Taliban controlled area and the motive yet to be determined.

The Taliban militant group yet to make a comment on the matter.

The province has borders with Pakistan, Tajikistan, and China. Some militant groups including the Taliban, Al-Qaida, and Daesh are actively operating in a number of Badakhshan’s districts.

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Afghanistan’s population closes to nearly 33 million

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(Last Updated On: June 1, 2020)

According to the 1399 census – Persian calendar – the population of Afghanistan is estimated at 33 million roughly.

The National Statistics and Information Authority said that 51 percent of the country’s population is male, and more than 23 million Afghans live in rural areas.

The population of the country in 1399, the Persian calendar, saw an increase of almost 700,000 people.

The number of nomads is estimated at 1.5 million, and the youth under the age of 15 make up to 15.5 million.

Sixteen million and eight hundred thousand people are men and sixteen million and one hundred thousand are women, according to the authority.

A number of sociologists believe that in the official procedure of census, the estimation faces technical challenges, and therefore, there is social skepticism about these statistics.

On the other hand, some citizens say that the war in Afghanistan has been going on for years and that the government has not been able to keep track of the count on those living under the Taliban dominance.

It is worth noting that currently over 54% of the Afghans live under poverty, and as the population grows, so will the poverty.

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