A group of presidential candidates on Tuesday said the Afghan government and the Independent Election Commission (IEC) are not ready for holding the upcoming presidential election scheduled for 28 September, citing insecurity as the main hurdle for the process.
They called on the National Unity Government leaders and the country’s political elites to make a unified decision in this respect.
Presidential candidate Shaida Mohammad Abdali said the peace talks and insecurity have affected the preparations for the presidential polls.
“Only a few days have remained for election. It was expected that the election will be held after peace, but today we see that there is no full preparation for the elections to be held within the next two weeks,” Mr. Abdali said. “There is a need for a ‘national meeting’ which include government [leaders] and politicians outside the government to assess the current situation in collaboration with the international community.”
Seventeen candidates, including President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, are running for president in the Afghan elections.
Four candidates were interviewed by TOLOnews about this story who said there is a need for a transparent and just election, otherwise, there will be another crisis in the country.
“We want transparent elections. We want fair elections. Security should be guaranteed. The international community should give assurances,” presidential candidate Mohammad Ibrahimi Alokozai said.
“I can assure you that the elections will be postponed. Neither the government is ready for it nor the Election Commission,” presidential candidate Mohammad Hakim Torsan said.
It is expected that the Presidential Candidates’ Council, which 14 candidates as its members, will announce their final stance on the presidential election in the coming week.
“The situation shows that if it continues as it is. There are different options and one of them is that they [members of the Presidential Candidates Council] postpone the election by using their legal right and hold the election after the situation turns normal,” presidential candidate Shahab Hakimi said.
Figures by the IEC indicate that almost nine million people have registered to vote in the presidential election.