Possible election delay worries reform panel member

KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah has said without fundamental reforms in electoral panels, no elections will take place in the country.
Based on a decree by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, an electoral reform commission was formed on March 20. The commission, however, has not yet embarked on its task.
The panel, comprised of 15 individuals, will clean up the system and improve the electoral panels, rebuild public trust and prevent fraud in future polls.
Gul Ahmad Madadzai, a member of the commission, said there was a possibility of the panel starting work after the president and CEO’s returned from the US.
Madadzai expressed concerns about a possible delay in the upcoming parliamentary elections. “Although nobody talks about delay, the situation shows it may happen.”
Based on the constitution, the electoral panels have to announce the date for the parliamentary elections 180 days in advance, he explained.
Less than 100 days are left in the parliamentary elections, but nobody had discussed its schedule so far, he regretted, saying the procrastination was against the law.
 Earlier, Independent Election Commission (IEC) chief, Yusuf Nuristani, had said a funding shortage was likely to push back the parliamentary ballot.


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