25 April 2018

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met Pierre Mayaudon, EU ambassador and envoy to Afghanistan at Sapidar Palace yesterday.
Both sides discussed preparation for the upcoming elections, ongoing security situation, peace process and Afghanistan’s relation with the regional countries.
Praising EU assistance to Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah emphasized on EU’s technical support for the transparent elections. He also said an election free from any fraud would guarantee Afghan government legitimacy and Afghanistan’s stabilization.
Meanwhile the ambassador assured EU’s cooperation with Afghanistan and hoped for mass participation of the Afghans in voterregistration process.

Monday April 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Foreign Minister, Salahuddin Rabbani leading a high ranking governmental delegation to pay visit to Dushanbe city, Tajikistan today.
According to BNA report, Mr. Rabbani to participate in 23th meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the Economic Cooperation Organization to be held in Dushanbe city.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Ultimately after long discussions between government and electoral bodies, registration process of voters for parliamentary and district councils’ elections was officially started throughout Afghanistan.
While the Afghan government leaders consider themselves committed to holding of transparent and fair election, emphasize that election commissions should carry out their work independently and impartially with full fidelity. On the first day of voters’ registration process, president Ghani asked opponents specially Taliban to exploit available opportunity and take part in election.
President added, election is an instrument that ensures mental and political reforms based on people transparent vote and the IEC asks people to take part in this national process.
An IEC member Maazullah said, IEC tries to include a series of reforms in registration process as preparing list of voters is one of these steps and we will get rid of faked data and precise eligible voters will appear.
Law maker Hashimi said, insecurities in a number of provinces is one of the basic challenges ahead of registration process. So the government should use all available resources to provide security of polling centers. The government should not interfere in the work of electoral commissions and the IEC should officially announce voters’ list of every province to people and prevent faraday data on Election Day.
A number of experts consider elections as the only solution for current crisis in Afghanistan.
Political expert Jawed Kohistani believes that non-interference of government authorities, political parties and groups in election process and increasing supervision on electoral bodies could help ensuring trust and transparency of the process. Parliamentary and district councils elections is a big ordeal for our people.
Another political commentator Amir Mohammad said two months are short time for voters’ registration process.
A number of people said that if the upcoming election would be full of fraud like the previous one, they would not take part in it.
Mozammel teacher in one of Kabul high schools’ said, reforms of electoral system is one of the basic needs of Afghan people to have a transparent elections.
Because the past election was full of fraud. So the world community should help and support the Afghan government to organize on time election free of any violation and fraud.
He added, the Afghan people have experienced three past elections and believe that if essential reforms are not inserted in electoral bodies and laws, people would not attend in it.
7361 registration centers have been planned out of which 1500 centers will be operating in the first round in big cities and the rest in second round in rural districts.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Hanif Atmar, the National Security Advisor met with the Chairman Canadian International Affairs-Asian Region, Dived Hartman discussed some key issues including political and economics, a statement from his office said the other day.
The country’s national security advisor thanked the government and the people of Canada for their cooperation in reconstruction projects, security and stability of Afghanistan and called Canada a friend of Afghanistan, the statement quoted. He said that Afghanistan was willing to expand economic relation with the world countries and is especially interested in developing economic relation with Canada.Dived Hartman, meanwhile said that his country was ready to cooperate in economic and investment cooperation with Afghanistan, as well as in capacity building of the government institutions at deferent level, said the statement.

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