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Govt blamed for electoral reforms delay

By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: Election Watch Organization of Afghanistan on Wednesday criticized the government for delaying the electoral reforms, warning that the government would fail to run parliamentary election this year.

“By further delay in electoral reforms, running of parliamentary election and implementation of reform process will be impossible,” said Jandad Spinghar, head of the organization.

He said that the government must speed up the process of electoral reforms.

He also urged parliament to take decision to guaranty free and fair election across the country.

Spinghar asked the election committee to keep impartiality and independence during electoral reforms.

The EWOA conducted a research that warns women’s participation weaker in the upcoming election, more than the previous ones.

The research has been conducted in five zones, covering over 300 people.

Member of EWOA Shah Mahmood Mal said that the report finding demonstrated that shortage of poling site, registration and voting process were main challenges ahead of women across the country.

He said that women would take part in the election if their demands are met by the government.

If the government does not address the challenges, women’s participation will be weaker in next elections.

It is pertained to mentioned that both president Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah after establishment of United States brokered National Unity Government pledge to pot on top agenda electoral reforms, but this two years that the government failed to fulfill the commitment in this regard.

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