AISA asks candidates to use local printing firms
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) on Wednesday appealed presidential and provincial council candidates to approach local printing industries trading in election campaign materials as part of electioneering ahead of next year’s ballot.
AISA chief Wafiullah Iftikhar told a press conference candidates in the previous elections spent more than $20 million, ordering banners, portraits and other campaign materials outside the country.
He called on the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to introduce a policy that could lure candidates into buying local products and helping to strengthen local industry.
Iftikhar said the 10 qualified presidential candidates had been sent letters, giving information about locally-made materials for electioneering in the run up to the April 5 vote.
The electoral body a day earlier released the initial list of presidential contenders, saying 10 of 27 aspirants made it to the election.
The AISA chief said there were currently 17 best printing firms in Afghanistan and Afghans were no longer required to reach out to foreign firms active in election materials trade.
Iftikhar did not name the firms, but said more than 300 printing firms were operational across the country, appealing candidates to use locally made wares.
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