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IEC Rejects UN Proposal For Upcoming Elections

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(Last Updated On: May 20, 2019)

Afghanistan’s IEC on Monday rejected the UN proposal of delaying the provincial councils and Ghazni parliamentary elections.

UN insists on holding the timely presidential elections.

According to a tweet, Tadamichi Yamamoto, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, said that “Critically important that credible Afghanistan Presidential elections take place on time this year.”

He further added that “The UN’s technical advice is that with only 4 months remaining to 28 Sept Presidential Election day there is a need for realism and urgent focus among all actors in the Afghan election process.”

However, Mr. Yamamoto stressed the independence of IEC regarding making decisions about the elections.

“The IEC decides on how many elections to hold. The UN provides technical guidance to it and respects its decisions, “said Mr. Yamamoto.

In addition, on  May 12, Alice Wells, the U.S. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs visited Kabul where she met with the IEC officials to discuss the ongoing preparations for the upcoming presidential elections in Afghanistan.

The U.S. top diplomat recommended IEC officials to focus on the presidential elections on September 28. In addition, she urged electoral bodies to postpone the other two elections.

However, the IEC Chief Hawa Alam Nuristani has said that the provincial council elections should be held as scheduled in order to legitimatize the presidential election.

“In order to ensure overall, transparent, and legal presidential elections, there is a need to hold the provincial council elections as well,” said Ms. Nuristani.

Meanwhile, some presidential candidates insist that IEC has not the capacity of holding three elections at the same time.

The elections observers, know the suggestion made by U.S. Deputy of Foreign Affairs Ministry as an intervention in the work of IEC.

“The suggestion could be proposed by an expert; proposed by a political official, however, has a different message,” said Yousuf Rashid, CEO of the Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan.

This comes as IEC has assured to hold all the three elections concurrently on September 28.

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Initial consultations underway to select members of High Council of Reconciliation

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(Last Updated On: May 27, 2020)

According to associates of Abdullah, he is trying to choose influential figures in the formation of the High Council of Reconciliation.

Ten days after the agreement was signed and the leadership of the High Council of Reconciliation was handed over to Abdullah, there is still no news of its organizational structure and plan of action.

“Abdullah Abdullah’s main focus these days is on the formation of the High Council of Reconciliation, as he wants to select influential figures as members,” said Abdullah Qarluq, deputy of the National Movement Party.

The other part of the Ghani-Abdullah political agreement is the 50% power-sharing in the cabinet; however, both the sides have not finalized it.

Shahzada Massood, a political expert, said, “After Eid, both sides must form an inclusive cabinet.”

The presidential palace and Abdullah’s office do not want to comment on the matter as of now.

With independent financial budget and structure, the High Council of Reconciliation has the task of managing the whole peace process, making the policy of the negotiating committee, and setting up its plan of action.

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Return to contact training approved by Premier League

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(Last Updated On: May 27, 2020)

Premier League clubs have voted unanimously to approve a return to contact training, marking another key step to resume the competition, SKY Sports reported.

The Premier League Players had already resumed training last week in small groups while keeping social distancing, based on step one of the return to training measures.

Taking another major step in restarting the league matches, the Premier League said in a statement, “Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to resume contact training, marking another step towards restarting the Premier League season, when safe to do so.”

“Squads are now able to train as a group and engage in tackling while minimizing any unnecessary close contact,” added the statement.

The Premier League underlined that their priority is the health and wellbeing of all participants.

The statement added, “Strict medical protocols are in place to ensure the training ground is the safest environment possible and players and staff will continue to be tested for COVID-19 twice a week.”

Meanwhile, in the first two rounds of Coronavirus tests in the Premier League; eight positive cases were reported out of 1,744 samples. The positive test holders were self-isolated for seven days.

The results for the third round of Coronavirus tests are said to be revealed on Wednesday afternoon.

It is noteworthy The Premier League matches are expected to resume starting June 1.

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Concerns over the typhoid outbreak in Afghanistan

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The unprecedented increase in the outbreak of typhoid in Afghanistan has caught eyes.

The outbreak of a seasonal disease, referred to as typhoid, in Afghanistan, has emerged concerns. The disease, also known as typhoid fever, has similar symptoms to that of the COVID19.

Residents of eastern Nangarhar province say that typhoid has quickly spread among the people, and two to three members of each family are likely to be infected.

An Ariana News correspondent in Nangarhar province said that most of the symptoms of the disease are very similar to typhoid, according to doctors, and that it may be a tropical kind of disease that grows in the hot climate.

Moreover, in Helmand and Kabul too, the disease is said to have spread widely, although doctors in Helmand province say it is the Coronavirus.

Confirming the tip-off, the Ministry of Public Health has expressed its concern over the spread of some other seasonal diseases – those having similar symptoms to that of the Coronavirus.

Wahid Majrooh, a deputy of the MoPH, said that a team had been sent to Nangarhar to investigate the matter.

It is noteworthy that the World Health Organization has previously warned that focusing on the fight against the Coronavirus could lead to the development of some other diseases.

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