In addition to other requirements, there needs to be a strong political will in the government to carry out election, something which has not been noticed so far. The government’s handling of election-related issues arouses suspicions. When the appointment of an election commissioner takes months, and when the Independent Election Commission operates with no leadership, how one should believe in the possibility that election will be held on the announced date. The growing disagreements within the government can further delay the election because the longer they continue, the less both the people and government will have the opportunity to think about election, a situation where election no longer will remain a top priority.
The civil society organizations should not forget election amid the rising disagreements in the government, and need to use all legal means to impel the government to hold election. It is not very reasonable to expect the current government to hold a transparent election, yet the damage of no election at all is more than having a relatively transparent election because no election means a step backward, a scenario which Afghans never want to experience.
It is the responsibility of the international community, as it considers itself a defender of democratic values, to help Afghan government, and also press it if necessary to conduct election. The government should not be allowed anymore to seek flimsy pretexts for delaying and ridiculing election as a key democratic principle.