Taliban responds to President Ghani’s call for participation in elections

(Last Updated On: April 16, 2018 4:47 pm)

The Taliban group in response to President Ashraf Ghani’s call for participation of the group in the forthcoming elections has said they will not participate in a fake and exhibitory election process.

A statement issued by the group said, the foreign forces still have widespread presence in the country and all decisions are taken by them.

President Ghani has recently called on the Taliban to take part in the upcoming district and parliamentary elections.

Meanwhile, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) once again called on Taliban to participate in the elections and even have their candidates for the parliamentary and district council elections.

“Election is for solving the security, political issues. We hope to hold a transparent election and it can help the peace process,” said Hafizullah Hashemi, a member of IEC.

Afghanistan has held two parliamentary elections since the end of Taliban rule, the first in 2005 and the second in 2010.

The Parliamentary elections were scheduled to be held in Afghanistan on 15 October 2016, but were postponed to 7 July 2018 and then again to 20 October 2018.

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