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IEC Calls on Gov’t to Make Election Highest Priority

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(Last Updated On: March 3, 2018)

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has urged the government to make holding the upcoming elections at its highest priority.

IEC officials criticize the National Unity Government, saying the government does not have the commitment to pay the cost of the election process.

“The government must make holding the election at its highest priority and should intensify its cooperation with the election process,” said Wasima Badghisi, deputy operational of IEC.

IEC claims to begin works for appointing 34 thousand temporary employees for election’s voter lists.

“Works are underway for preparing the election’s voter lists. We are seriously continuing efforts for the process,” Badghsi added.

However, the electoral observing and monitoring institutions consider the week management of the election commission dangerous and express concern over a long-delay for holding the upcoming elections.

“Election is not at the priority of the government and the IEC has lost many opportunities. If this process continues, the election would face a long-delay,” said Naeem Ayoub Zada, the Transparency Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA).

Parliamentary elections were scheduled to be held in Afghanistan on 15 October 2016 to elect members of the House of the People, but were postponed to 7 July 2018.

Much of the prelude to the election has focused on the debate over reforming Afghanistan’s electoral laws.

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COVID19 cases in Afghanistan rise to 12,456

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(Last Updated On: May 27, 2020)

With 625 new registries, the COVID19 cases rose to 12,456 in Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Public Health said Wednesday that 625 people were tested positive for Coronavirus.

According to the ministry the cases – 360 in Kabul, 108 in Herat, 50 in Balkh, 26 Parwan, 24 in Takhar, 14 in Kunar, 9 in Panjshir, 9 in Baghlan, 8 in Ghor, 8 in Laghman, 5 in Nangarhar, 2 in Bamyan, 1 in Farah, and 1 in Kunduz – were recorded in the past 24 hours.

It brings the total affected to 12,456 confirmed cases in Afghanistan.

The ministry said that 7 people have died of the virus in the past 24 hours, bringing the total fatalities to 227 in Afghanistan.

So far, 1135 people have been recovered from the virus.

Deputy Health Minister Wahid Majroh said that 50 percent of the numbers reported in the past 12 days are due to lockdown violations.

Majroh added that there is a possibility that up to 1.5 million people will get infected with the COVID-19.

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No justification for military use of Panjshir stadium: ANOC

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(Last Updated On: May 27, 2020)

Afghanistan National Olympic Committee (ANOC) urges the government to stop using the provincial stadium of Panjshir for military purposes.

The ANOC said in a statement that currently the stadium is used for landing and departing military choppers.

The organization added that the sports officials had already filed a complaint last year, but the government yet to address the issue.

“A commission was formed and the independent administration of local authorities was assigned to select another place for military helicopters landing instead of the provincial stadium of Panjshir, but no action has been taken yet,” the statement said.

Reportedly, so far, no sporting events have been held in Panjshir’s stadium.

“Unfortunately, the stadium has not been used for any sporting events so far, but there is no justification for the military use of this stadium,” the ANOC emphasized.

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Trump seeks full withdrawal from Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: May 27, 2020)

US President Donald Trump has reiterated full US troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Speaking to the reporters on Tuesday, Trump said that he wants to bring American soldiers back home from Afghanistan.

“We’re there 19 years, and, yeah, I think that’s enough…We can always go back if we have to. If we have to go back, we’ll go back and we’ll go back raging. And there, we’ll go back as warriors, fighters,” Trump said.

Trump did not set a date for the full pullout from Afghanistan, saying, “but as soon as reasonable.”

The US signed a deal for bringing peace in Afghanistan on February 29, in Qatar.

According to the deal, the U.S. troops roughly reduced to 8,600 in Afghanistan, and the country committed to full drawdown within 14 months after the agreement.

“We’re having very positive talks. We’re having very positive talks. We want to bring our soldiers back home. We want to bring them back home. And we’re not only talking about there, but we’re talking about other countries also,” US President noted.

As a part of the US-Taliban deal, the Afghan government released 900 Taliban prisoners on Tuesday, bringing the total released to 2000, a move forward to promote the Afghan peace process.

The Taliban welcomed the government’s actions, saying that the group “will release a remarkable number of prisoners soon.”

“We’re dealing with the Taliban. We’re dealing with the president. And the president now has gotten themselves straightened out with the two presidents. But we’re dealing with — because they had — as you know, they had competing factors — and factions,” Trump said.

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