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Parliamentary, DC elections schedule to be announced on Monday

By Khaama Press - Sat Jan 16 2016, 3:54 pm

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The Afghanistan Independent Election Commission (IEC) Chief Mohammad Yousuf Nuristani said Saturday that the schedule for parliamentary and district councils elections will be announced on coming Monday.

Nuristani was briefing the Afghan lawmakers in the Lower House of the Parliament (Wolesi Jirga) amid differences to bring reforms in electoral systems and selection of the new election commission members.

He was summoned by the lawmakers to brief regarding the issue as the government is keen to bring changes in the electoral system and members of the election commission.

Meanwhile, Nuristani said the reforms would be considered as the Independent Election Commission (IEC) announces the schedule for the elections.

He also emphasized that the government should guarantee the expenses of the elections as the international community insists on electoral reforms in a bid to gain financial support for the elections.

The remarks by Nuristani comes as President Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah insists on electoral reforms before organizing the parliamentary and district councils elections.

Second Vice President Sarwar Danish said last week that the government is committed to bring reforms in the election system and will never agree with any recommendations in this regard.

The remarks by Danish followed by Chief Executive Abdullah’s remarks who insisted that the elections would be organized only under the supervision of the new election commission.

Meanwhile, the Selection Commission is busy with the enrollment process and has reportedly recorded around 500 nominees to be elected as the new members of the commission.

This comes despite the Afghan parliament rejected a legislative decree by President Ghani regarding reforms in electoral law with electoral reforms being part of it.

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