The National Unity Government (NUG) leaders should reach an agreement on amendment of the electoral law that the country comes out of this deteriorating situation, said one of the advisers of Executive Office.
The Executive Office Media Adviser, Hashmatullah Radfar in a press conference said that the government should stop killing the time for the reforms of electoral system.
“We accept that the shortcomings were from both sides but wasting the time for electoral reforms is inexcusable. We should commit on amendment of the electoral law,” said Hashmatullah Radfar, The Executive Office Media Adviser.
This comes as that all hopes look forward to the new chairman of the election commission and the time for start of Selecting Committee’s work is still unclear.
“We have received President’s decree for start of the selecting committee’s work, but we cannot say when the committee starts working,” said Zarqa Yaftali, member of the selecting committee.
Meanwhile, the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) also says that the National Unity Government must not come under the pressures of Press for reforming the electoral system.
Afghan Parliament members are also said to believe that the only way to solve the current challenges is reforming the election commissions.
In September 2014, after months of deadlock over the contested electoral results, the two presidential candidates signed a power-sharing deal to protect national unity, introducing the office of the Chief Executive.
The relationship between Ashraf Ghani, President, and Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive, has not always been rosy with frequent conflicts erupting between the two highest offices of the state.
The latest chapter in this troubled relationship is the conflict over electoral reform. There is a shared agreement that electoral reform is of fundamental importance in order to ensure a fair electoral process on the occasion of the next Parliamentary election which will take place in September 2015.
After becoming the leaders of the National Unity Government, Ghani and Abdullah promised to reform the electoral system in order to prevent crises in future elections.
Some amendments are under discussion in the Parliament, in particular in the appointment process and responsibilities of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).
Further changes include statutes making the IEC a temporary body only formed during election time, requiring members of the commission to go through a re-appointment process in a bid to boost their accountability.
There is a widespread concern that the gridlock over the reform could spark further uncertainty in the country, to the point of bringing about protests and disorder should the upcoming parliamentary election be held under the same law.
Fuelling possible popular distrust and lack of confidence in the electoral process, there are rumors that the members of the electoral commissions are holding meetings with MPs to dissuade them from supporting the legislation by promising favors in exchange for upcoming elections.