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Elections may not be conducted on schedule

Elections may not be conducted on schedule

Dec 06, 2017 - 18:15

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A new schedule for voter registration and list indicates Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon and district council elections will not take place as planned (July 18, 2018).

The timetable, whose copy has been obtained by Pajhwok Afghan News, show registration of voter list and related information will start on March 26, 2018 and the process will be completed on August 24.

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has already announced the Wolesi Jirga and district council polls will be conducted on July 18, 2018.

The schedule shows that the procurement process and transfer of materials for registration of voters would start on December 15 and come to an end on March 3, 2018.

Voters’ registration will take place in three phases, with the first beginning from March 26 and reaching completion on April 25, 2018.

The second phase would start in district centers from May 5, 2018 to May 24. The third and final phase will begin in villages from June 5, 2018 and come to an end on June 14.

Employment of regional heads, deputies and other staff members of the election commissions will starting from December 1, 2017 to March 2, 2018.

Based on this schedule, all processes for election preparations would be completed until August 14, 2018.

Meanwhile, Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistaninfo-icon (TEEFA) Chief Executive Yousuf Rashid called any change in the poll timetable a matter of concern.

“This schedule shows the date for holding elections would be changed. It’s debatable why the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) secretly plans to delay the elections,” he remarked.

He said preparing the list of voters was also important and the IEC should have started the registration process. Rashid feared that millions of people might be unable to vote.

Jandad Spin Ghar, FEFA head, said the date previously announced by the IEC was in contradiction with the fresh schedule. He added the possible delay would create problems.

However, the commission said the schedule drawn up by the panel’s technical team was not yet final.

Abdul Badea Sayyad, IEC spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “This draft has been prepared by our technical experts. But a final decision it is yet to be taken.”

He said the IEC had decided to register voter names based on their paper identity cards and a memorandum of understanding had also been signed with the population registration department.



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