Afghanistan Presidential elections likely to be delayed: Report

Afghanistan Presidential elections likely to be delayed: Report

KABUL - Afghanistan Presidential elections are likely to be delayed as majority of candidates have termed the preparations insatisfactory and security conditions not ripe for the elections.

A group of presidential candidates on Tuesday said the Afghan government and the Independent Election Commission (IEC) are not ready for holding the upcoming presidential election scheduled for 28 September, citing insecurity as the main hurdle for the process.

They called on the National Unity Government leaders and the country’s political elites to make a unified decision in this respect.

Presidential candidate Shaida Mohammad Abdali said the peace talks and insecurity have affected the preparations for the presidential polls.

“Only a few days have remained for election. It was expected that the election will be held after peace, but today we see that there is no full preparation for the elections to be held within the next two weeks,” Mr. Abdali said. “There is a need for a ‘national meeting’ which include government [leaders] and politicians outside the government to assess the current situation in collaboration with the international community.”

Seventeen candidates, including President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, are running for president in the Afghan elections.

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