The commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission and the US forces in Afghanistan Gen. John Nicholson welcomed the announcement of the date for the parliamentary and district councils elections.

“We commend the Independent Election Commission on their announcement on their announcement of this years elections,” Gen. Nicholson said in a statement.

He said the elections represent part of three pressures that will bring the Taliban to reconciliation.

According to Gen. Nicholson, in addition to military pressure, and the diplomatic pressure being appied to external enablers, the elections apply social pressure by deepening the legitimacy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and offering a way for the Taliban to join in the political process

“The entire elections are Afghan-led, and the RS mission will continue to provide effective train, advise and assist support to ANDSF to that they can provide greater security,” he said.

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) Chief Gul Jan Badi Sayad confirmed October date for the Parliamentary and Districts Councils Elections.

Sayad confirmed the date for the Parliamentary and Districts Councils Elections as he was speaking during a press conference in Kabul.

He said the elections will be held on 20th October as he emphasized that the participation of all political parties and institutions will help the commission to organize transparent and fair elections.

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