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Noorullah Jalili registers as presidential candidate with IEC

Noorullah Jalili registers as presidential candidate with IEC

Jan 10, 2019 - 17:07

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Prominent businessman Syed Noorullah Jalili and his two running mates registered their candidacies in the July 20 presidential election on Thursday, a week after the registration process began.

Khalilullah Roman and Chiargh Ali Chiragh will run as first and second deputy presidential candidates of Jalili, who became the third nominee registering himself for the presidential race.

He told the media after his registration: “I am here to pull Afghanistaninfo-icon out of its crises and make it a developed and prosperous country.”

Jalili said the establishment of peace and stability, eradication of corruption, increasing public participation in power and introduction of reforms would be his priorities if he succeeded in this year’s presidential poll.

Latif Pedram and Hakem Torsan have already registered as presidential candidates with the Independent Election Commission office in Kabul.

Reforms in electoral bodies

Jalili criticized the IECinfo-icon’s performance in managing the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon elections and said removal of the commission’s workers was not a solution. He said workers of most of the country’s institutes were youth and they needed time to get mature.

He said the IEC needed support instead of pressure and should be guarded from influence of the Presidential Palace and other government organs.

Jalili asked the public to support the IEC against corruption and pressure from government officials.

He admitted holding the presidential election was a difficult job and the IEC should not engage itself in political, religious, tribal and regional issues and should play an impartial role.

Withdrawal of foreign forces

Jalili said foreign forces’ withdrawal would be based on peace and stability in Afghanistan. “If peace comes with the withdrawal of foreign forces, then a schedule for that purpose should be prepared.”

He said foreign funding for the Afghan forces over the last 17 years had not been enough and donor countries should increase their assistance.

“If I become president, we will eliminate corruption and prove it to the international community, I will show to the worldinfo-icon that corruption no longer exists in Afghanistan and their assistance would not be misused,” he added.

Peace process

Jalili called peace ‘a fundamental demand’ of Afghans and said, “One of our efforts would be to establish peace in the country, if I win, our team is special because we had never been engaged in domestic conflict, which gives us leverage to bring peace.”

He said he would listen to logical demands of the Talibaninfo-icon and would treat them according to the law for establishing peace in Afghanistan.

“All Afghans are responsible to prevent the war from being inherited by the coming generations”, he said, adding no one would succeed or get defeated in the ongoing war in Afghanistan. “If the Taliban want amendments in the constitution, it would be consultated with the public.”

Jalili said he would accept the withdrawal of foreign forces form Afghanistan if it helps bring peace to the country.

Coalition with other electoral tickets

In response to a question whether or not he would join other electoral tickets, Jalili said, “People have chosen me to run for the presidency, such a decision would come from our people.”

“We will not join electoral tickets that have a record of bloodshed, war mongering and involvement in corruption,” he said.

Jalili said any team that supported peace could join his team but he would not join groups who make deals on people’s votes.

America’s role in choosing an Afghan president

Jalili rejected rumors the US has a role in determining the president of Afghanistan and said it was a propaganda from some political circles.

“All election issues are organized by Afghans and the US has no role in that, if we rig elections or make violations, the problems turn to us, only Afghans have their role in choosing their president,” he said.

He asked the people not to follow old and repeated faces but choose new ones in the next elections.



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