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Ghani orders acceleration of preparations for elections

Ghani orders acceleration of preparations for elections

May 31, 2016 - 14:37

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has directed the institutions concerned to accelerate preparations for the long-delayed Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon  lower house and district council elections, an official said on Tuesday.

A source in the Presidential Palace told Pajhwok Afghan News that the directive came at a meeting attended by the chief executive officer (CEO), the second vice-president and parliament speakers.

The meeting was aimed at to hasten arrangements for the parliamentary and district council elections, the source said, adding the issue was also discussed at a National Security Council (NSC) session on Monday.

“The NSC decided to create a team led by the Ministry of Interior to ensure security of elections and another delegation headed by the Ministry of Finance to arrange the requisite cash resources,” the official revealed.

The NSC also reaffirmed the government’s commitment to conducting the elections, reviewed the preliminary security plan and ordered the relevant organs for early finalisation of the plan.

The Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) has already announced the polls would be held on October 15, 2016 in a free and fair manner.



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