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Electoral reforms body to start work soon: govt

Electoral reforms body to start work soon: govt

Jun 10, 2015 - 20:09

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has started consulting various groups on parliamentary elections and the issue would be resolved before the incumbent parliament’s term expires, an official said on Wednesday.

The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon’s term will officially end on June 22, but a date for fresh parliamentary polls is yet to be set.

Sayed Zafar Hashemi, president’s deputy spokesman, told journalists in Kabul the Electoral Reforms Commission would embark on its job in next few days.

He rejected differences between President Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah over the reforms commission.

Electoral reforms are a major point of the unity government deal between the two leaders.

Hashemi added the president had entered talks and consultations with different groups about parliamentary elections and he would take a decision before June 22 – the date when the sitting parliament’s term expires.

About Ghani’s recent remarks that Pakistaninfo-icon was in the state of an undeclared hostility with Afghanistaninfo-icon, Hashemi said: “Our stance and demands from Pakistan are clear about problems between the two countries.”

He said some of Afghanistan’s demands had been met by Pakistan and they were hopeful other Afghanistan demands would also be met.

He hoped relations between the two countries would become better in the nearu future.


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