The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Saturday that government is yet to make any decision on parliamentary elections in Ghazni province despite that the commission informed the administration a month ago that the polls could not be held in Ghazni due to certain reasons including security.
IEC spokesman Hafizullah Hashemi said following the election problems in Ghazni, they decided to suspend elections in the province. He said government has held a primary meeting over the issue and has not made any improvement in this respect.
He said that after people’s disagreement on election system in the province, they had no option except to suggest suspension of the polls in the province.
“The two or three parties which were involved in Ghazni issue could not reach an agreement therefore, the commission had no option but to suggest suspension of election in the province. The recommendation has been sent to the (assigned) committee,” said Hashemi.
The parliamentary election will be held on October 20, except in Ghazni province.
Some lawyers and electoral monitoring organizations said the IEC holding election is the responsibility of the commission and government and they should do their jobs properly.
“Based on Article five of the election law, it is the responsibility of the election commission and it should have resolved the problems in advance. Now a big number of people are deprived of elections in Ghazni while we have the same problems in other provinces,”said Habibullah Shinwari, member of Election Watch Afghanistan.
“If we do not have election in some provinces, it is an obvious violation of democracy values and people’s votes,”said Zia-ul-Haq Fazl, a lawyer.
Government spokesmen however refused to comment in this regard.
Based on the IEC decision, Ghazni has been divided into three electoral zones. The candidates who secure majority of the votes from these zones will be declared as winners.
IEC however clarifies that all zones have been divided based on the population and geography and a committee will carry on the process.
According to local officials, at least 14 districts in the province face serious security threats and 15 voter registration centers remain closed in the center of the province.
Ghazni election has been postponed for at least four months, based on an IEC decision last month.