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Afghanistan to hold legislative elections after years of delays


According to Afghan parliament members, the government is plotting to hold a rigged election because the election commission has not been able to preserve its independence. Humayun Humayun, First Deputy Speaker of Wolesi Jirga, or Parliament’s Lower House, said that a circle close to the president and his team has instructed the election commission to do not let anyone except a few figures – who support them – to secure parliament seat in the upcoming election. The MPs claimed that the Presidential Palace has been involved in the decision-making process of the election commission. In fact, MP Abdullah Mohammadi said that the President has ordered the election mission to do not let more than 25 individuals to be re-elected as parliament members.

This comes after the election commission officials were not present in the Lower House’s Saturday session. The House’s Speaker Abdul Raouf Ibrahimi said that National Assembly is responsible in the election process and the election commission officials have acted against the constitution, principles and legitimate rights of the people by not coming to the assembly, so it does not have the capacity to hold the election.

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