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Holding Elections Only Option to Settle Current Crisis: Govt.

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Thursday August 30, 2018

Kabul (BNA) While political parties and election observers suspiciously look to upcoming election, the Afghan government says that it is committed to scheduled election.

CE Dr. Abdullah emphasizes that holding of parliamentary election is the only option for the national interests of Afghanistan and solution to current crisis and no consideration could prevent it. He added, the Afghan government is determined and committed to hold election on due time and would not let the obstacles to overshadow this national process or damage the government resolve for holding of the election. Dr. Abdullah assures Afghan people that there exists full commitment to protect the system through holding of elections, and it’s the government responsibility to hold a transparent and fair elections.
At the same time, addressing holding of the on-time election as an urgent need for Afghanistan, a number of experts emphasize that efforts should be made to hold the election on due time. Emphasizing on holding of scheduled elections, the Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) authorities said that if election is not held on certain time, the people trust to government, IEC and ECC would be eliminated. They believe that every fraud in presidential and parliamentary elections would cause reduction or damaging of people trust, civil society to electoral bodies. They emphasize on substantial and organizational reforms in those bodies. FEFA emphasizesthat one of the serious reforms in electoral system would be this that IEC and ECC should be accountable to people and parliament.
Emphasizing on holding of elections on scheduled time, the world community says that holding of parliamentary election on Oct 20. 2018 is a red-line for the Afghan government and rejects every delay. Political analyst Akbar Ehsas said, the 2014 election was the most controversial election in the history of Afghanistan and as a result of meddling of the then US Secretary of State, the NUGwas established. Today the Afghan people expect to rehabilitate their lost trust. Political commentator Amir Mohammad believes that one of the controversial issues in 2014 election was lack of precise number of voters and their lists and there were claims that in some districts the number of voters was more than the actual population. He added that preparing the list of voters could be a short-term solution to part of electionproblems, but E-IDs should be distributed as quick as possible in order to prevent fraud in upcoming election. Experts say that change of electoral system is one of the reforms that paves the way of people to go to polling stations. Some political parties and politicians ask the government to make effort to hold the scheduled election, otherwise Afghanistan would be led to another crisis. Millions of Afghans went to registration centers and they emphasize that upcoming election should be void of fraud, violation and be transparent and fair in order to rescue Afghanistan from insecurity, poverty and unemployment.
Suraya Raiszada
 

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