Parliamentary polls not possible in October: TEFA
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) on Thursday declared as ‘impossible’ the conduct of parliamentary and district council elections this year, citing numerous problems.
The election watchdog said the long-delayed elections to the lower house could not be held due to security, logistic, technical and financial problems, asking the Presidential Palace to officially announce that new commissioners would set a new date for the polls.
TEFA head Mohammad Naeem Ayubzada told reporters here at a gathering that government leaders and political elites did not want the parliamentary vote to happen.
Ayubzada said those promising the nations this year were actually deceiving the people because the ballot was not possible in the face of financial and logistical problems.
The gathering was organised to encourage the youth to actively participate in future election process.
Ayubzada said it would be difficult to hold free and fair election at a time when insecurity was on the rise with each passing day.
The TEFA head alleged all institutions, including the international community, were not interested in the election and had been trying to delay the process.
Ayubzada accused the unity government leaders, some lawmakers and government officials of being behind the protracted delay in holding the parliamentary and district council polls.
Former Independent Election Commission (IEC) chairman Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani had set an Oct 15 date for holding the parliamentary and district council elections and had said the election commission had made all technical preparations in this regard.
Noor Mohammad Noor, IEC spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News they had fulfilled responsibility by announcing a date for holding the elections.
He said the time was being wasted with each passing day and the government was solely responsible for that.
But deputy presidential spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazavi said the government was committed to holding elections and had performed its duty in this regard.
He said it was up to the vparliament to approve the presidential legislative decree and pave the ground for the selection committee to nominate new commissioners and recommend electoral reforms.
When asked about the Oct 15 date, he said new commissioners would decide about it and may or may not change the earlier announcement.
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