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Postponement of Afghan Parliamentary Elections Sparks Strong Criticism

(Last Updated On: June 23, 2017)

The postponement of Afghan parliamentary and district council elections has sparked strong criticism of political leaders.

The leader of Islamic Unity Party of Afghanistan, Karim Khalili has criticized the Independent Election Commission (IEC) Friday’s decision of holding the election in July 7th of 2018.  

Khalili said that the IEC has paralyzed part of the Constitution by delaying schedule of the elections, adding that the upcoming elections should be held transparently and free of government intermediacy.   

The Presidential Office said the government is committed to hold the parliamentary elections next year.

“The government of Afghanistan welcomes the date of the elections and committed for holding it. We are hopeful of transparent elections,” said Deputy Spokesman of President Ashraf Ghani’s Office, Dawa Khan Minapal.

 The election observers, however, said the government would not be able to hold the election next year  and the process being “victimized” by government leaders.

“We welcome the timetable for the elections but we are in doubt, government cannot hold a legitimate and transparent election,” said head of Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan, Mohammad Naeem Ayubzada.

According to the Constitution, the parliamentary elections should have been held in 2015, but the government has failed to hold the elections and allowed the lawmakers to continue beyond the legal period.

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