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‘Govt has no will to hold election’

AT-KABUL: A political party on Sunday said that the government was not determined to hold election, accusing government of trying to sabotage electric ID cards distribution and the Loya Jirga.

The Council for Protection and Stability, an opposition party warned the country would further go toward crisis if the election was not held timely.

“As we know the ground for distributing the electric ID cards is paved and security situation is also good, but we have found out that the government doesn’t have intention to hold the election,” Massoud Terashtwal, the spokesman of the council told reporters.

He called lack of budget, polling centers, list of voters, dependence of the electoral bodies and violation of the constitution and reforms as major obstacles to hold election.

Yousuf Rashid, head of the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA), asked the government to immediately introduce new head for the election commission.

“Unfortunately, the government does not want to hold the election and the parliament members remain silent to stay at the parliament seats for more time,” he said.

But deputy spokesman for the chief executive said that the government was serious to hold the election and was working to provide the election commission with budget.

“The government has said to hold election next year. This means that it will hold,” said Omid Maisam, adding that foreign donors would provide the budget for election.

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