The Independent Election Commission on Saturday said the Ministry of Finance has approved the upcoming presidential elections’ budget which was estimated $207 million.
The draft budget was finalized in April.
The elections budget will be paid by the Afghan government and the international community.
“The first part of it (budget) which was for voter registration process has been approved and the (Finance) ministry has committed that it will approve it and will pay Afghanistan’s elections budget,” said Abdul Aziz Ibrahimi, a spokesman for the IEC.
While the election commission is preparing for the presidential elections, the fate of October 20 and 21 parliamentary elections of Kabul is not known so far.
A number of protesting candidates on Saturday showed evidences about fraud in Kabul elections and said votes of hundreds of polling stations are missing.
“If you want that majority of the people participate in the next elections, then you should announce the Kabul votes invalid,” said Hassan Jan Dawlat Zai, a protesting candidate.
“In the results sheets of the first days, the results of 250 polling stations are unclear and 100 other stations have been repeated,” said Rajab Ali Andishmand, a protesting candidate.
Kabul results were recounted, but on April 28 the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) rejected the results of the recounted votes of parliamentary elections due to “widespread fraud” in the recounting process.
The initial results of the parliamentary election for Kabul were invalidated by the former leadership of the commission last December and the recounting process started in mid-December.
IEC spokesman Mohammad Qasim Elyasi, however, said Saturday they are trying to find a solution to the crisis.
“We assessed the result sheets of the first day of polling in one day and our decision is almost final,” said Elyasi.
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday said the presidential elections should not experience the fate of the parliamentary elections.
This comes as Kabul results have not been announced, but President Ashraf Ghani has inaugurated the parliament.