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Abdullah wants new commission to conduct future elections

Abdullah wants new commission to conduct future elections

Jan 18, 2016 - 12:22

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Monday once again stressed the need for a new election commission to supervise future polls in a free and credible manner.

But the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) insists it hasmade the required preparation for the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon and district council elections.The panel will announce the election schedule later in the day.

Addressing a cabinet meeting, Abdullah said of IEC decision that the elements creating doubts in people’s mind about the election process would be held accountable for their actions.

“Election reform is an important issue that we have been discussing daily. The Afghans are still concernedat the flawed management of the previous elections,” the CEO said.

Abdullah added election reform was a fundamental requirement and the government was committed to holding the parliamentary and district council elections under the supervision of a new commission.

Last week, the CEO had saidthe next elections must be conducted by a new panel to prevent a recurrence of the irregularities seen in the previous vote.

Abdullah also condemned the deadly attack in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, and said a committee had been constituted to investigate the suicide bombing.

Thirty civilians were killed and 14 others injured on Monday when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives during a meeting at a guesthouse of a provincial council member.



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