UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The Afghan presidential elections commission, scheduled for September, should do more to ensure the success of the entitlement, the US ambassador to Kabul said in a statement Thursday.
The balloting was postponed twice after it was scheduled for April 20, 2019. It was set on July 20 and then on September 28.
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) was unable to fulfill its presidential mandate due to the multiple objections that followed the October legislative elections.
The full results, including the results of Kabul, have only been made official this week because of the many appeals made by losing candidates.
The US ambassador urged the committee and the Afghan authorities to “play their roles today to take the necessary decisions and measures to enable the Afghan people to be heard at the ballot box this year.”
The US Embassy issued recommendations such as “to provide a budget that matches an appropriate operational plan, to employ and train enough staff to take over voter registration and preparations, and to ensure coordination with ministries charged with security.”
“The Afghan people deserve to have the opportunity to choose their future officials through transparent elections,” the US representation said, adding that it was “ready to continue supporting this path.”
The statement was published following the visit of the US envoy to South Asia, Alice Wallace, to Kabul, stressing the importance of holding the September elections.
For its part, the French embassy in Kabul, in a statement obtained by AFP, welcomed the “position” of its American counterpart “which fully supports its point of view.”
“This important step should now allow the electoral commissions to focus on the preparation of the presidential elections, which are important this year, 2019,” the statement said.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s term ends on May 22, while his opponents called for a provisional government until the next election.
However, the Constitutional Court said Ghani could remain in power until the next entitlement.
The postponement of the elections was announced at a time of months of peace negotiations between the United States and the Taliban, and some saw it as an attempt to give more time to the negotiators.
Last week in Doha ended a sixth round of negotiations, but both sides are making slow progress on several key issues.
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