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Growing Insecurities Boost Concerns for Holding Elections in 2018

(Last Updated On: July 28, 2017)

As the security situation deteriorates, the election observers in Afghanistan express concern about the possibility of holding the parliamentary elections in the next year as scheduled.

“Holding of elections will be in a state of ambiguity, if the security is not ensured in the suburbs and villages of the country or it even it will be impossible,” said Shams Rasikh, program manager for Transparent Election Forum of Afghanistan (TEFA).

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) says, the Commission has signed an agreement with the Afghan security institutions which obliges them to provide security for all voting centers across the country during the upcoming one year.

“Based on the contract signed, the government has promised to maintain security for all voting centers and election workers in all over the country,” said Imam Muhammad Warimach, the head of IEC secretariat.

The Afghan parliament’s five-year term ended in June 2015, but an election to choose new lawmakers continued to face delays amid debate over reforming the voting system.

Recently, the IEC announced that Afghanistan’s parliamentary election will be held on July 7, 2018.

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