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Qanuni warns against delay in elections

Qanuni warns against delay in elections

Apr 05, 2013 - 17:49

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): A senior leader of the National Collation of Afghanistaninfo-icon (NCA) on Friday asked President Hamid Karzai to reject proposals aimed at delaying next year’s elections.

Karzai should not heed flawed suggestions for the continuity of the present set-up and setting back the presidential and provincial council polls, Mohammad Yunus Qanuni said.

Addressing a public meeting, at which Haqiqat Party joined the key opposition alliance, he said a group was trying to persuading the president to postpone the elections.

A second group proposed convening a Loy Jirgainfo-icon on extending Karzai’s stay in the presidency for an unlimited period of time, Qanuni added. Insecurity could be used as a justification for cancelling elections in rural areas.

Yet another band wanted Karzai to ensure elections on schedule, the former speaker continued, accusing the third group of seeking vote fraud to ensure the success of presidential lackeys.

Karzai was in an effort to appoint his blue-eyed people to senior positions in both election panels, Qanuni claimed, warning against a delay in the elections.

He said the voters should be allowed to elect a president of their choice in the 2014 polls in the interest of Afghanistan’s stability and in line with democratic norms.

Former foreign minister Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said they were not against the ongoing peace process. However, he added the nation should not be betrayed in the name of reconciliation.

Shawali Karimzai, the Haqiqat Party chief, also slammed Karzai as a conspirator who looked for excuses to delay the elections.

Karzai has repeatedly said he will not run for a third term that Afghanistan’s constitution does not allow. But his opponents believe he may perpetuate his rule.


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