‘International community backs parliamentary vote’
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Monday said reforms in the electoral system would be brought through a special mechanism to reduce costs and make future elections transparent.
The president said this during a meeting with leading United Nations members in Afghanistan at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, a statement from the palace said.
The meeting discussed people’s trust in credibility of elections and the date and costs of the parliamentary polls.
The UN members assured the international community would financially support the parliamentary elections in Afghanistan.
Ghani said the Afghan electoral bodies should be developed more in technical area. He said any kind of reforms in the electoral system suggested by the commissions, relevant organs and the people would be acceptable.
“It is important that ulema and influential individuals also share their suggestions how to prevent fraud during elections,” Ghani said, adding that Afghans’ awareness about elections had increased and they also wanted transparency in the process.
“We don’t want to impose our own options on people about elections, we want people to identify any electoral fraud and give their suggestions to us in correcting the system,” he said.
The president added the election process should be completely secured by security forces and stressed reduced election costs.
Calling balance in designating polling stations as important, Ghani said the government would help the election commissions supply logistics and election materials to all parts of the country.
He also said employing government officers in the election process was also important because it would help reduce the costs and maintain impartiality.
“Our aim is to create a comprehensive mechanism that overcomes our reliance on foreign organs,” the president said.
He asked the UN officials to share their suggestions with the government based on their experiences from the past elections.
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