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Decision To Change Election Calendar 'Not Political': CEO

Abdullah said there were shortcomings with the presidential elections and needed to be better organized.

Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday said the delay in holding the presidential elections was not a political decision.

He said there were shortcomings with presidential elections and they must be organized in a better way.

“Presidential elections were not delayed because of political reservations,” he said.

Meanwhile, officials from the Independent Election Commission (IEC) have said the election management body is working on a wide range of reforms to conduct the presidential elections in a better manner.

“We need to bring systematic reforms on all levels in the wake of the lessons we have learnt from the parliamentary elections,” said IEC commissioner Sayed Hafiz Hashemi.

Also, a number of lawmakers in parliament have said that those candidates who call for change of the political system in pursuit of their electoral campaign, or violate the constitution of Afghanistan should not be allowed to compete in the elections.

“If a politician comes and makes agreements on such issues and says, if I win the elections and become the president and pledge that I will give you the office of the chief executive, it is against the constitution,” said MP, Ghulam Hussain Naseri.

“Unfortunately, we see a new deal each day,” said MP, Irfanullah Irfan.

In December, Chairman of Afghanistan’s IEC, Abdul Badi Sayyad, announced that the election management body had decided to hold the country’s presidential elections on July 20 this year.

But, the decision sparked strong retaliation among some of Afghanistan’s mainstream political parties and politicians.

They described the decision as a politically-motivated one, aimed to engineer the elections.

Afghanistan’s presidential elections were supposed to be held on April 20.

Elections 2019

Decision To Change Election Calendar 'Not Political': CEO

Abdullah said there were shortcomings with the presidential elections and needed to be better organized.

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Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday said the delay in holding the presidential elections was not a political decision.

He said there were shortcomings with presidential elections and they must be organized in a better way.

“Presidential elections were not delayed because of political reservations,” he said.

Meanwhile, officials from the Independent Election Commission (IEC) have said the election management body is working on a wide range of reforms to conduct the presidential elections in a better manner.

“We need to bring systematic reforms on all levels in the wake of the lessons we have learnt from the parliamentary elections,” said IEC commissioner Sayed Hafiz Hashemi.

Also, a number of lawmakers in parliament have said that those candidates who call for change of the political system in pursuit of their electoral campaign, or violate the constitution of Afghanistan should not be allowed to compete in the elections.

“If a politician comes and makes agreements on such issues and says, if I win the elections and become the president and pledge that I will give you the office of the chief executive, it is against the constitution,” said MP, Ghulam Hussain Naseri.

“Unfortunately, we see a new deal each day,” said MP, Irfanullah Irfan.

In December, Chairman of Afghanistan’s IEC, Abdul Badi Sayyad, announced that the election management body had decided to hold the country’s presidential elections on July 20 this year.

But, the decision sparked strong retaliation among some of Afghanistan’s mainstream political parties and politicians.

They described the decision as a politically-motivated one, aimed to engineer the elections.

Afghanistan’s presidential elections were supposed to be held on April 20.

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