Information by election observer organizations and presidential candidates show that the Independent Election Commission, or the IEC, has not specified the budget for the presidential polls.
The IEC last month estimated that the presidential elections and the district councils and the Ghazni parliamentary election will cost $132 million.
Election observers said it is not clear so far that how much of the budget will be paid by the Afghan government and the international donors.
“The election commission faces two serious problems regarding the [presidential] elections: first it is the lack of budget and second, it has no sufficient professional and expert personnel to move ahead with the elections,” said Faramarz Tamanna, a presidential candidate.
“So far, people are not aware of the transparency of election budget,” said MP Fatima Aziz.
“The [election] commission recently said that they need around $130 million to conduct two or three elections. They said that so far, the government and the donors have not given a positive response. Unfortunately, later on, the election commission announced that they cannot conduct district councils and Ghazni parliamentary elections due to lack of budget,” said Kiramuddin Rezazada, a lawmaker.
IEC officials said there is the possibility for some changes in the budget of the elections.
“Only the presidential elections will be held [on September 28], therefore, relevant employees of the election commission are working with the Ministry of Finance and there is a possibility that the budget which was predicted for the three elections will be amended,” said Zabiullah Sadat, a spokesman for the IEC.