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No preparations for upcoming polls irks TEFA

No preparations for upcoming polls irks TEFA

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Nov 12, 2017 - 19:05

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) on Sunday expressed its concern about “the lack of preparations” for holding upcoming elections.

The electoral watchdog alleged elements in the camps of the president and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) were trying to cancel the Wolesi Jirga and district council elections, scheduled for July 7, 2018.

TEEFA head Mohammad Naim Ayubzada, presenting his organization’s proposed draft plan for Wolesi Jirga and district council elections, said a lot of time passed since the election date was announced, but no preparation for the polls could be seen.

 “Unfortunately a number of figures close to the president and the CEO do not want the elections and they try to plunge this process into crisis as well as to discredit the current structure of current election commissions,” he said.

He said the government had no will for holding transparent and fair elections and was instead trying to blame the election commissions for its failures in the area.

“Problems and weakness exist in the election commissions but those who want to fail these bodies have dangerous and big plans”, he claimed, warning against attempts at delaying the elections.

“The scenario leading to the sacking of election commissioners was first explained by figures close to the president and the CEO, they even chosen their specific team for election commissions in advance,” he said.

Ayubzada said it would be better if officials focused on reforms in election commissions and on holding the elections on schedule instead of sacking commissioners.

“If the election commissions are not reformed properly, the international community would not support Afghanistan election process,” he said.

Mohammad Alam Ezdyar, first deputy chairman of Meshrano Jirga or upper house of the parliament, also said that the Independent Election Commission (IEC) chief had told him that some figures inside and out of the commission was hatching conspiracies against him.

He said such conspiracies would face the IEC with crisis and such moves should be prevented.

Insecurity, lack of budget, lack of political will for holding upcoming elections, low capacity of election commissions, lack of a clear program for polls, lack of transparency in spending budget and absence of cooperation between the two election bodies were problems the TEEFA pointed out.

However, Imam Mohammad Warimach, IEC secretary, said a committee had been created to assess the commission plans and provide suggestions for resolving all problems in the area.

He said serious efforts were underway for holding upcoming elections but lack of budget and government support delayed some tasks. However, he said the commission had a strong will for elections.

He rejected rumors about his and the IEC chief’s resignations and said such statements came from those who did not believe in elections.

Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan, Hezb-i-Harakat Islami and TEEFA have shared their proposed draft plans with the IEC for holding the upcoming elections.

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