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Parliamentary election on July 7 next year: IEC

Parliamentary election on July 7 next year: IEC

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Jun 22, 2017 - 19:02

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission on Thursday announced July 7 next year a date to hold the long-delayed parliamentary and district council elections.

IECinfo-icon chief Najibullah Ahmadzai told a press conference that the date had been firmed up after lengthy consultations with all stakeholders.

In order to hold the elections in the stipulated time, Ahmadzai urged the government to provide the required budget to the commission. He asked the security organs to fully cooperate with the IEC in maintaining security.

He said providing technical and logistic support for the elections was responsibility of the national and international organizations.

He said the elections would take place under the shadow of war, therefore the election commission could not conduct the democratic exercise alone and needed support of politicians, candidates and the international community.

Ahmadzai said anyone who tried to interference illegally in the commission’s work would be exposed to the nation.

He said the commission was fully prepared to hold the elections and would try to find local resources for holding the ballot.

IEC spokesman Gula Jan Badi said polling stations would be assessed in the first phase and then the process of registering voters would be launched.

A day earlier, the government said it was committed to discharging two key responsibilities towards the elections --- maintaining security and providing funds.

Deputy presidential spokesman Najibullah Azad had said providing security for elections was the duty of the Interior Ministry and the Ministry of Finance had allocated $40 million for the elections. He said aid giving organization and countries had promised covering other expenses.

Meanwhile, the UN assistance mission in Afghanistaninfo-icon welcomed the IEC announcement and asked relevant government organs to cooperate with the commission in ensuring free and fair vote.

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