KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday said the government has strong will to implement comprehensive reforms and hold the Wolesi Jirga elections.
A statement from the
KABUL(Pajhwok): The selection committee on Wednesday handed over a final list of shortlisted commissioners-designate on the two electoral bodies to the Presidential Palace.
A statement from the Presidential Palace said the five-member committee called on President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday afternoon at the Palace.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has instructed the selection committee which was formed to select new members for the election commissions of Afghanistan.
Deputy presidential spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazvi told reporters that the committee was instructed to start with the approval of the election law by the President.
Murtazvi further added that the leaders of the government organized a meeting in ARG Presidential Palace today to discuss the financial and security arrangements for the elections.
Mustafa Mosadiq es el responsable en funciones del Departamento Electoral de Qala-e-now, la capital de la provincia de Badghis, en el noroeste de Afganistán, donde las tropas españolas estuvieron desplegadas durante siete años. Cuando se le pregunta en qué consiste su trabajo ahora, contesta con cara de circunstancias: "No tenemos electricidad, así que casi no podemos utilizar los ordenadores, ni disponemos de internet". Resumiendo, que poco pueden hacer.
Afghanistan was on the brink of a civil war when both presidential candidates claimed victory in the 2014 run-off election, which outside observers called flawed by fraud and irregularities led to a contested result.
The impasse was only resolved after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry brokered a compromise power-sharing agreement and a pledge to reform the country's electoral system.
Had MPs approved the presidential legislative decree ‘reforming’ the electoral commissions, Afghanistan would now be significantly closer to holding parliamentary and district elections. (And the National Unity Government could have claimed to be pushing forward on electoral reform, something required by the agreement that established it.) However, after three days of ill-mannered discussion, MPs roundly rejected the decree. AAN’s Salima Ahmadi, Ali Yawar Adili, Lenny Linke and Kate Clark report on what happened and why – and what could happen next.
The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) said Thursday that the election management body is preparing to announce the schedule for the parliamentary and district council's elections.
This comes a week after the Afghan parliament rejected a presidential legislative decree on electoral reforms, a decision that has sparked strong reactions among the election monitors.
The IEC said the it has been trying to start talks with the government and international donors to secure the budget for the elections.
Pro-reform MPs and members of election monitoring groups on Wednesday claimed that certain elements within the government and the Independent Election Commission (IEC) plotted to disrupt the approval of President Ashraf Ghani's legislative decree on election reforms.
The statements come two days after parliament failed to vote on a crucial presidential legislative decree on election reforms in the wake of continued calls both by the Afghan people and the international community.
President Ashraf Ghani in a statement on Monday said that the rejection of the decree by the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) was a setback for electoral reforms.
"With complete respect to the authority of the Wolesi Jirga, the government and the people expected the MPs to propose amendments for the legislative decree and then approve it so that the reforms process would be completed and elections could be held," Ghani's office said in a statement.
MPs in the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) on Monday rejected President Ashraf Ghani's legislative decree on electoral reforms.
Only 27 MPs voted in favor of the decree.
"This is our authority to amend any law. We should try to shoulder our responsibility properly," said MP Hafiz Mansour.
A number of MPs said the reason behind rejecting the decree was the interference from a number of circles inside government and from a number of lawmakers as they do it for their own benefit.
A number of political and military analysts on Tuesday lashed out at the National Unity Government (NUG) for not yet introducing its choice of Minister of Defense (MoD) and head of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) to parliament.
This comes after President Ashraf Ghani said last week at a joint session of parliament that he would introduce nominees for the MoD and NDS soon.
The Election Reform Commission (ERC) and election monitoring groups on Saturday slammed the National Unity Government for its continued reluctance to implement the reform process in the election law.
They said that no body or individual is allowed to justify continued obstructions in the way of the reform process.
Election watchdog organizations and political parties on Sunday said that government has failed to bring about electoral reforms.
They said this was unacceptable.
According to them, the continuation of war and insecurity should not deter government from bringing electoral reforms.
They said that playing games with the issue of electoral reforms is playing games with the fate of the people of Afghanistan.
Amid concerns over a delay in parliamentary polls, the Presidential Palace on Tuesday said elections will be held on time.
"Government is committed to bringing reforms in elections and it will try to hold the parliamentary elections at its scheduled time," said President Ashraf Ghani's deputy spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazawi.
Meanwhile, some senators and political electoral watchdog officials said they were concerned over a delay in holding parliamentary elections in the country.
A number of senators and MPs on Sunday criticized government for what they called a delay in sending President Ashraf Ghani's decree on election reforms to the two houses of parliament – Wolesi Jirga and Meshrano Jirga.
"Election is an important matter for Afghanistan. The government leaders lack a strong will in this regard. The gap between government and the people will increase if this prevails," said Senator Nadir Baloch.
The Meshrano Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) in its plenary session on Tuesday called on government to send the presidential decree on electoral reforms to parliament.
A number of senators alleged that the government is not interested in bringing about electoral reforms.
They said that it has been almost a month since the decree was issued but it has not been sent to parliament so far.
Afghanistan Civil Society Network for Elections (ACSEN) on Monday criticized the recent changes made in the Election Commissions' Selection Committee and called it was against the proposed draft provided by the Special Electoral Reform Commission (ERC).
Members of the committee said merit and impartiality principles have not been taken into consideration in the Selection Committee.