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Monday, September 03, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The process of holding election has changed in to a complicated, if not found the way of solution for the challenges, one can expect holding a transparent election.
BNA political affairs analyst commenting on the issue writes holding parliamentary elections has planned to be held on October 10 this is this national program should be held in less than two months. However, in the existence of the current problems and challenges can one expect national wide transparent elections?
Recently independent commission for elections confirmed that parliamentary elections in Ghazni province due specific reasons would not be held.
The independent commission for elections since the beginning of its activities has faced unfavorable developments. A number of Ghazni residents several months ago arguing that in previous election all deputies of Ghazni belong to the same ethnic group or insisting on ethnical balance in the province closed the local offices of the commission which faced the activities of the commission to many problems. Finally it was decided the province to be divided in to three constituencies, the measure that has not taken account in any other provinces.
This practice of independent commission for election no only caused severe reaction in Ghazni , but in other provinces and accused the commission for creating discrimination among various ethnic groups, the accusation that rejected by the commission. The independent commission for elections problems is not limited to Ghazni , the commission against all expectations delayed holding district councils due to insecurity in a number of districts and financial problems of the councils . Not holding districts councils elections created another vacancy, while the current problems in a number of districts are not new but previously existed. The  problem of security and financial problems of districts councils were tangible from the beginning but the commission started its work with hope and giving hope to the people, but now talks about not holding districts councils elections, where is the problem? Certainly in wrong analysis and assessment of the relevant affairs and in hurry decisions or foreign circles pressures and dictation.   
On the other hand the great national coalition of Afghanistan, consists of several political parties that emphasizes on improvement of electoral system, unveiled hundreds thousands of faked identity cards through media.
Meanwhile, the coalition claims that the figures presented by election commission regarding to registration the names of the voters are not valid and correct, but architected by the commission, even addressing the commission says they are seeking to hold one sided election in Afghanistan.
Although the senior authorities of the commission talk about the transparency and reject the accusations and justify their activities but so far they have not succeeded to satisfy the critics of the system, political elites and civil society activists.
It should be recalled that the elections which were held during the last 17 years had lots of shortages and vacancies that reduced the trust of people to the election commission. The current problems refresh this viewpoint regarding to the commission unless the authorities of the commission truly respond to public opinions.
The commission should try to reach a political understanding with its critics or bring forth an acceptable mechanism for holding the elections; otherwise the social gape becomes wider and will accelerate political tensions.
Abdul Khalil Minawi
BNA Director General
 

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