Political parties said they will come up with an alternative plan if government fails to hold elections on time.
Opposition Calls for Timely Poll to Overcome National Issues
Elaborating on Afghanistan’s ongoing problems, officials from Afghanistan’s mainstream political groups and influential politicians on Monday said that in the face of the ongoing crisis in the country, government must hold elections on time to overcome national issues.
The politicians warned they would come up with an alternative to address national issues if government does not make sure that elections are held on time and also bring an end to what they described as its illegal activities.
“The people are being sacrificed in every corner of the country and they have rendered sacrifices for the country for a long time,” said former president Hamid Karzai.
But, some other politicians have said that the government has no will to hold the elections on time.
“There is no indication to show that government will organize the elections on time. Even if government organizes the elections, it would be a rigged election, there is no guarantee that the government will conduct the elections with transparency,” said Anwarul Haq Ahadi, chairman of the New National Front Party of Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Wali Massoud, chairman of the Massoud Foundation said that insecurity, lawlessness, ethnic politics and corruption have significantly increased within government. He also said that elections are the only way to settle the current issues.
“The law is being violated. Corruption has reached its peak. There are political and financial irregularities including a legitimacy crisis. If this situation prevails and government does not hold the elections before its legal tenure is up, we the political groups, will come up with an alternative within the framework of the national consensus,” said Massoud.
“Elections constitute a main gain of democracy and this shouldn’t be exploited. Any work must be done through elections. Currently, some other scenarios such as Loya Jirga and Bonn conference are discussed, but there is a need for elections to be held,” said Mohammad Natiqi, chairman of the commission overseeing the implementation of the political agreement on the formation of National Unity Government (NUG).
Based on the constitution, the tenure of the House of Representatives ended on June 22, 2015, and parliamentary elections should have been held within sixty days after the completion of the term.