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Delay and Concerns Regarding Presidential Elections

Feature: Delay and Concerns Regarding Presidential Election in Afghanistan

The announcement of a three-month delay in holding presidential election is not only a violation of article 61 of the constitution and a clear violation of the electoral calendar but also a betrayal by the electoral commission. At the same time, it will be no longer legitimate to let the government to continue its authority after the completion of its tenure. However, President Ghani seems eager to be reelected as the president and continue his government.

President Ghani, who has long sought to establish an election team, has so far failed to make it. Most people who have supported him somehow in the previous election, due to his irreparable mistakes, are no longer willing to be around him.

It is said that Arg, the Presidential Palace, after many efforts to persuade General Dostum, failed to secure his support. Ghani, for this purpose, released Commander Qaisari, one of the famous commanders of the National Movement, who was in the national security unit for a long time, but this failed to force Dostum to support Ashraf Ghani.

Ashraf Ghani is seeking an empty field for the election competition so that he can use the situation in his favor. A clear example of this is the pulling of Amrullah Saleh, Omar Daoudzi and Assadullah Khalid at the end of the national unity government within the framework of the government. Ashraf Ghani is ready to make “more sacrifices” to create a vacuum and divide between powerful groups and parties that can be strong rivals in his election.

For example, Qaisari’s release from the confinement is one of its examples. If this person had not committed a crime, why he was kept for a long time, and if he was guilty, why he was released from prison, at a time when Ashraf Ghani wants to enter the election process.

The delay in holding the presidential election is also a trick. President Ghani wants to buy time and opportunity to hit other rival teams, bring other people into political power, or force others to protect themselves with intimidation. On the other hand, the delay in holding a presidential election confirms the ineffectiveness of the election commission.

How could the commission, which two months after the parliamentary elections failed to announce its results, manage the presidential election process? According to many sources, senior electoral commission members are so drowned in monetary transactions that they now look at the election not as a national trend, but as a project through which they can achieve massive capital flows.

Now that the electoral commissioners have become experts in fraud and forging, the organ also supports them in order to secure their own interests, so now there can be no obstacle to the law and the future of the country!

Unfortunately, there is no guarantee of transparent, healthy and fair elections in the presence of the current members of the electoral commissions. The current leadership of the electoral commissions does not feel any commitment to the people and the country and they are not willing to evict from the command line.

The failure of the parliamentary elections and its potential crisis, the delay in the presidential election, the expiration of the date of registration of candidates and the lack of funding for elections that have been heard in past days in the form of unofficial news and official reports are indicative of the biased role of the commission.

It is imperative for all the stakeholder in Afghanistan; particularly, the political leaderships and the cognizant people, to stand against the political utilization of authority by Ashraf Ghani to derail democratization process in the country, using IEC in his favor and postponing election in order to gain political leverage.   

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