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    Governance

    Ready for run-off, Ahmadzai rules out coalition govt

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Frontrunner in last weekend’s presidential elections Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai said on Friday he would prefer contesting a run-off election over withdrawing in favour a rival candidate.



    Governance

    IEC ready to hold run-off vote if needed

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Thursday said it was fully prepared to hold a second round run-off election if necessary, saying the run-off would be free from any legal and technical problems.



    Governance

    Candidates warned against manipulation

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Tuesday warned presidential hopefuls of action if they used the government machinery or tried to manipulate results.



    Security and Crime

    MoD official backs signing of security pact

    KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior Ministry of Defence (MoD) official on Sunday warned of multiple security problems, specifically in logistical supply and technical fields, if the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) was not signed with the US.



    Governance

    ISAF ready to provide logistical support for polls

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Sunday Afghan forces had the capacity to provide security for the upcoming polls. The alliance also reiterated its willingness to provide logistical support for the landmark elections. 



    Security and Crime

    Car blast hits NATO facility near Kabul Airport

     KABUL (PAN): An explosives-laden car exploded at the entrance to a NATO troops’ facility on the Qasaba Road near the Kabul International Airport on Wednesday, but there were no immediate reports about casualties, officials said. 



    Governance

    President invites Taliban, HIA to Loya Jirga

    KABUL (PAN): Calling on Taliban and their allies to attend a Loya Jirga due next Thursday, President Hamid Karzai on Saturday reiterated his government’s position that the assembly would only discuss the security pact with the US.



    Governance

    Officials meddling in polls to be sacked: Karzai

    KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday asked government officials and foreigners not to middle in presidential and provincial elections, warning violators of removal from jobs.



    Governance

    Assembly wants IEC to explain disqualifications

    KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday askedthe Independent Election Commission (IEC) to five cogent reasons for the exclusion of 16 presidential candidates from the preliminary list.



    Governance

    Canvassing before time violation of law: IECC

    KABUL (PAN): Campaigning before the release of a final list of presidential and provincial council candidates is a violation of the election law, the electoral watchdog said on Friday.