KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan authorities on Tuesday fired its election fee greater than three months after chaotic parliamentary elections — the outcomes of which have nonetheless not been introduced — and forward of July’s controversial presidential vote.
President Ashraf Ghani is among the many candidates for president in an election that was to be held in April however was postponed due to the overwhelming variety of complaints in regards to the chaos that surrounded October’s elections for Parliament.
A terse four-sentence assertion from Ghani’s administration stated each the Impartial Election Fee and its complaints fee have been fired. It didn’t provide causes however Ghani gave political events and civil society representatives one week to appoint candidates to a brand new fee.
Final October’s parliamentary polls, which have been held three years late, have been marred by widespread chaos. Polling stations opened hours late and a few didn’t open in any respect. Employees educated in the usage of a biometric identification system, geared toward curbing fraud, didn’t present up.
Ghani has promised presidential polls will likely be held in July, however ongoing negotiations to finish Afghanistan’s 17-year conflict have included strategies that an interim authorities would initially be shaped whereas a “roadmap” for Afghanistan’s future is hammered out by the various stakeholders, together with the rebel Taliban, concerned within the peace talks.
Washington’s particular peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has additionally stated that presidential elections in July may complicate efforts to search out an eventual finish to the protracted battle. Even Ghani’s political opposition, together with rival presidential candidates, have entertained the suggestion of delayed presidential polls.
Ghani’s peace envoy Omar Daudzai, nonetheless, stated Ghani isn’t ready to barter on a July presidential election date. Till now, the Taliban have refused direct talks with Ghani, whereas holding conferences along with his political opposition.
Afghanistan’s 2014 presidential polls that put Ghani in energy have been so deeply marred by allegations of widespread corruption that the US stepped in to dealer a so-called Unity authorities that gave Ghani the presidency and his rival, Abdullah Abdullah, a place of equal energy with the title of chief govt.
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