As the Afghan government and the electoral bodies are preparing to hold the presidential elections on September 28, instead of the scheduled July 20, two former members of the Wolesi Jirga, the Lower House of Parliament, said on Monday that the elections should be held on time in order to revive the dignity of Afghans.
According to the Independent Election Commission, the presidential elections were delayed due to budgeting and technical issues.
“Elections must be held on time to revive the dignity of Afghans which was badly harmed during the elections,” said Daud Kalakani, a former MP.
“The President (Ashraf Ghani) says that he does not want his tenure to be extended. It means that he is ready for elections,” said Irfanullah Irfan, a former MP.
President Ashraf Ghani, over different occasions, has said that changes in election date will not be acceptable, but he and his office came up with a different approach on the recent decision by the Independent Election Commission to delay the presidential elections for the second time within the past two months.
This time, the Office of the President and Ghani himself welcomed the move and said they respect the decision but reiterated that further delay will not be acceptable.
This comes as an election commissioner Mawlana Abdullah said last week that the biometric devices which were used in the parliamentary elections last October will be used for the upcoming presidential elections.
He said the election commission will update the software of the devices for the upcoming elections.