Is the concern about election coming true?

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 02:29 Written by  Read 125 times

Recent developments related to the parliamentary and district council election are worrying. Although the voter registration process has begun, there is still no guarantee the election will be held on due date. Disagreements in the government over the national process are on an upward trajectory. It seems the divisions between the president and the chief executive officer about election have also spill over into the Independent Election Commission (IEC). Following IEC’s decision to attach voter stickers to a color copy of the national identity cards, there are reports that four commissioners oppose the move, and the acting head of IEC’s is Secretariat, Ms. Shahla Haq, has also stepped down for the same reason.
These developments come as there were concerns that the government not only lacks the will to carry out the parliamentary and district council election on time, but also wants to pave the way for a delay in presidential election by making the parliamentary and district council election controversial. The recent rift in IEC is the dawn of, and bears all the hallmarks, of a similar scenario. The voter registration time for provincial centers was extended by a month on the one hand, and disagreements unfolded in the election commission on the other hand. Furthermore, a date was picked for the parliamentary and district council election that even a slight delay would make the election impossible in many regions of the county due to cold weather, thereby pushing it to spring. These developments show that it is impossible to hold the election on the announced date; however, even if that proves wrong, it will be very controversial, thereby eating away at the already dwindling motive of people to participate in election. Also, it will give a pretext to leaders of the National Unity Government to stay in power pretending electoral reforms and prevention of fraud.
Election is a top priority. It should be held to get rid of at least the current failed administration and parliament. It is right that the existing system cannot guarantee the transparency of election; still the incumbent government also cannot be expected to introduce a transparent system. If the government led by President Ghani and CEO Abdullah had the will to conduct a transparent election, it had enough time to do so. Therefore, giving more time to such government to ensure transparency of election is only an injustice to the downtrodden nation.

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