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Parliamentary polls: Lawyers warn of electoral crisis

AT-KABUL: The Afghanistan Lawyers Association warns of yet another electoral crisis in case the government fails in bringing reforms in the electoral bodies.

Abdul Ghafoor Ghayur, the association’s head, briefing newsmen here on Sunday, said that the government of national unity had not taken substantial measures to reform the poll panels.

“Government looks busy with other issues, despite knowing that parliamentary elections are going to be held before June 2015,” Ghayur said. He also said that the government is ignoring reforms and preparations for upcoming elections.

“Electoral system of the country has become illegitimate and it is a matter of great concern for us,” Gul Ahmad Madadzai, the association’s deputy head said. He said that soon the Wolesi Jirga would lose its legitimacy if the parliamentary polls were delayed.

The association issued a resolution asking the government to stop wasting time and bring reforms in the electoral commissions as six months have already passed since formation of the unity government.

Their bad performances in the last year’s presidential elections had left no room for the current officials of the electoral body to remain at office, the resolution said.

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