Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

Presidential Vote Better Managed Than Wolesi Jirga Polls

Presidential Vote  Better Managed Than Wolesi Jirga Polls

KABUL - An election watchdog on Thursday said Saturday’s presidential election was better managed than the Wolesi Jirga ballot.
Members of the organisation called Majma announced their assessment of the polls at a press conference in Kabul.
The presidential race, involving CEO Dr. Abdullah, President Ashraf Ghani and others, was conducted on Sept.  28.
Niaz Wali Ahmadzai, a member of the watchdog, called elections a fundamental principle of the democratic system, playing a key role in ascertaining the will of a nation.
There could be no compromise on free, fair and transparent elections, he remarked, saying the presidential polls faced challenges and violations.
However, Ahmadzai hastened to explain the elections were better managed than the Wolesi Jirga polls. He said people took part in the election despite security threats.
Ahmadzai added: “The Independent Election Commission (IEC) had printed 10 million ballot papers. It should provide details in the presence of observers and representatives of candidates as to how many papers were actually used.”
Human Rights Education Centre head Roshan asked the poll panel to provide information regarding the election in insecure provinces, where observers were not present.
She said access to information was every Afghan’s fundamental right, urging the election watchdogs and representatives of candidates to share real results on social media in coordination with IEC.  (Pajhwok)