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Free & fair parliamentary elections

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Free & fair parliamentary elections
 The Wolesi Jirga and Districts Council’s elections would be held in October, more than three years late, although much work needs to happen quickly to meet that timeline.
The Independent Elections Commission (IEC) would hold the election on Oct. 20, IEC chairman Gula Jan Abdul Badi Sayad said on Friday. He said voter registration would start in mid-April.The current parliament’s five-year term was to expire in June 2015, but President Ghani extended it by decree.
The main challenges ahead of the vote are registering Afghans, many of whom do not have identification documents, and setting up ballot stations in remote areas. Plans for voter security and preventing fraud are also critical.
Afghanistan has held two parliamentary elections since the end of Taliban rule, in 2005 and 2010. District council elections have never been held.
Despite the promises made for conducting provincial and district council elections in the current year, there are still pressing challenges before the election. There is not a sound and reliable environment to minimize the public fear about electoral harms and violation of the principles of fair and transparent election. Although there were security concerns about previous elections, too, the worries are stronger in this round.
Despite so many challenges, what is most important is to have elections, and related officials must come up to the fore and make it possible to have this democratic practice of voting. President Ghani and Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah have time and again on different occasions assured of holding parliamentary and district council elections on its due time.
In true sense, elections let the public govern themselves; therefore, in a democratic state government is not anything beyond the general will. People get the chance of listening the motives and mottos of the leaders and they get time even to analyze them properly. Afterward, they are given chance of casting their votes and choosing the leaders whom they consider capable enough to govern them. 
It is possible that the leaders who are chosen to form government may not be the best, but they are better than the ones who are not chosen by the will of the majority as every nation in the world have the right to choose what they think better for themselves, without bringing harm to others. 
Therefore,it is the time that the government should go through its responsibilities based on the country’s constitution.Meanwhile, the various political pressure groups should also stay away from politicizing the process for individual interests and political scorings. Now, Afghans are indeed in dire need of national unity and solidarity to confront and defeat all types of conspiracies posed by terrorism and the hostile neighborhood.
To have a fruitful tree of democracy, Afghans need to water it continuously with elections, safeguard it from the parasites of corruption, fertilize it with freedom of expression and above all avoid deforestation by dominancy of dictatorship. Only then Afghans would be able to have true democracy and would be able to stand strong against political and economic challenges.