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Parliamentary elections might be held in October, IEC

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Parliamentary elections might be held in October, IEC
 Officials from Independent Elections Commissions (IEC) say Afghanistan parliamentary and district councils’ elections might be held in October.
“There is no concern over postponement of elections as all preparations have been taken by IEC,”the IEC’s operational deputy chief Wasima Badghisi said.
Meanwhile, elections experts and monitoring organs by criticizing the IEC for their works and programs said members of the elections commission had not fulfilled their works in a way expected by the people.
“If the government decides and has honest support of the international community in holding the elections, parliamentary and district councils’ elections will be held,” said Naeem Ayoubzada, head of Transparent Elections Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA).
He stressed that electoral commissions should get ready for a big exam and coordinate their works in an effective way so that they can restore problems of previous electoral commissions.
TEFA suggested preparation of voters’ list, modification in modality of work and change in structure of electoral commissions as necessary procedures.
Members of parliament also by stressing on amendment in electoral system say the people of Afghanistan hope that preparations should be soon held for holding the elections.
“The people of Afghanistan want implementation of commitments made by leaders of national unity government for a sound electoral system and want not to have elections as before and the government should take urgent preparations for the elections,” said Mohammad Abduh, a member of Afghanistan parliament.
Gul Ahmad Azimi, an Afghan Senator, believes that one of the key points for formation of national unity government was the amendment of electoral system and its structures. Now that NUG by introduction of new members of electoral commissions has implemented its commitment in this regard, it is hoped that electoral commissions should manage their works as soon as possible so that parliamentary and district councils’ elections is held based on schedule announced by IEC.
Meanwhile, a number of the country’s political experts consider reform in electoral system as necessary procedures for upcoming parliamentary and district councils’ elections.
“Delay in holding parliamentary elections will either increase challenges and disappointment over elections in the country,” said AkramAndishmand, an Afghan political expert.
Sahib NazarMuradi, another expert and analyst, says the international community is needed to support Afghanistan government in holding transparent and timely parliamentary elections so that the elections can be held an environment free of frauds and violation and regain trust of the people in elections.
“The people of Afghanistan have the experience of three elections in the country and think if serious reforms in electoral laws and commissions are not implemented, the people will not participate in upcoming parliamentary elections as the people do not want elections with frauds anymore. It is worth mentioning that the 2014 presidential elections went wrong as the elections were followed by violations and frauds although the elections were welcomed by the international community.