President Ghani promises Wolesi Jirga polls next year
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday said his government was ready to hold parliamentary and district council elections between summer and autumn of next year.
The president made the pledge during separate meetings with members of the Electoral Reform Commission and the selection committee at the Presidential Palace, a statement from the palace said.
The president, who was briefed on its latest report by the reform commission, urged the selection committee to consider proposals of the reform commission in its activities.
Ghani said the exact dates for holding parliamentary and district council elections were for the Independent Election Commission to announce under the relevant law.
The Wolesi Jirga’s five-year term was set to expire on June 22 this year, but elections due in April were postponed because of security fears and disagreement on how to ensure a fair vote after a disputed presidential election last year.
The president issued a decree in June this year, extending parliament’s mandate until a vote could be held.
In the statement, Ghani said after consultations with different segments of the society, it had been decided that both houses of the parliament should continue until fresh elections were held.
At the meetings, Second Vice-President Sarwar Danish and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah were also present, the statement said.
With submitting its latest proposals to the president, the task of the Electoral Reform Commission came to an end.
In his meeting with members of the selection committee, the president said the committee could formally launch its job right away.
However, the president insisted the committee should perform its duty impartially in light of the law and keeping in view the objective behind its creation.
Meanwhile, a lawmaker told Pajhwok Afghan News that the unity government had decided to let the incumbent members of the election commission continue their job.
He also said dates for holding parliamentary and district council elections would be announced soon.
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