NuristaniThe Afghanistan Independent Election Commission (IEC) Chief Yousuf Nuristani has said the schedule for the Parliamentary and District Council elections will be announced next week.

Speaking during a press conference in Kabul, Nuristani said the elections will likely bear a cost of around 63 million US Dollars, citing the estimations of the election commission.

Nuristani further added that the election commission is fully prepared to hold the parliamentary and district council elections, however he said the exact number of voters has not been ascertained so far.

He said a new list of the voters should be prepared in a bid to prevent fraud in the elections and suggested that the government should start distribution of electronic national identity cards in a bid to help the election process and calling it an alternative option to prevent fraud.

Nuristani also opposed with changes in the election commission and called the activities of the newly formed selection committee as illegal.

Welcoming the Afghan lawmaker’s decision to reject a legislative presidential decree regarding the selection committee, Nuristani said the current Independent Election Commission is operating as per the law while the Electoral Reform Commission and the Selection Committee were formed based on a political agreement.

The formation of the Selection Committee was part of the agreement for the formation of the Government of National Unity.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah agreed to bring reforms in the election commission of Afghanistan with the formation of Government of National Unity.

The decision was taken following the controversial presidential election in 2014 which was marred by massive fraud allegations.