Govt rejects delay in 2019 presidential elections

KABUL: The government of Afghanistan is fully committed to hold the 2019 presidential elections as per the Afghan constitution and the date determined by the Independent Election Commission (IEC), Haroon Chakhansuri tweeted on Tuesday, after media reports that US was discussing to postpone the upcoming presidential elections.
Presidential spokesman Chakhansuri said in his twitter account that continuity in a democratic process was a must. “Any other proposal than the will of Afghans which is outlined in our constitution is simply not acceptable.
The Trump administration is considering pushing the Afghan government to postpone the April 2019 presidential election while it tries to reach a peace deal with the Taliban to end a 17-year war, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Journal cited unnamed source, some American officials worried the irregularities and protected political turmoil that routinely accompany Afghan voting could paralyze or destroy any peace process US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is able to launch.
The Kabul Times

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