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Further delay in elections to threaten stability

Further delay in elections to threaten stability

Nov 02, 2015 - 19:13

KABUL (Pajhwok): Election observer, Democracy Watch Afghanistan, on Monday said further delay in parliamentary elections would threaten Afghanistan’s stability, warning that splitting the election commission between the two teams in power would be disastrous.

Zekia Barekzai, the watchdog chairman, told Pajhwok Afghan News based on the political agreement the fate of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)’s office should be specified in the next one year. Thus he said this year’s parliamentary, district council elections and Loya Jirga should take place.

“If these events don’t take place, this issue threatens stability of Afghanistan. I don’t think John Kerry (US secretary of state) would have time to come and extend the mandate of the unity government.”

Barekzai said the selection committee should start its work as soon as possible and introduce new election commission members. “Professional and experienced people should be introduced to the two electoral bodies otherwise the elections would again go into crisis.”

Earlier the Presidential Palace had said the seven-member selection committee would embark on its work soon.

Barekzai warned if the two camps divided the election commissions between themselves, it would prove disastrous. He said there were no major issues in the electoral law but the problem was its implementation since the election commissions had lost their independence.

“I’m 100 percent in favour of the formation of transparency committee. The election commissions should be answerable to an organ.”



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