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IEC Calls on Gov’t to Make Election Highest Priority

(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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