Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhail, the head of National Stability Society (NSS), said the government restricted its electoral reforms to only the replacement of election officials, while the system has not yet been reformed. Amarkhail, who has served as chief electoral officer, also accused the government of using reform as a pretext to postpone the election.
According to him, election is the foundation of democracy and the most logical way of reaching power in Afghanistan, so delaying or not conducting it creates news problems.
The ways that could make election possible and facilitate have not been explored so far; however, government leaders were busy discussing ways which could push the election towards an unknown future.
Abdul Rahim Ayubi, a lawmaker, believed electoral reform was a pretext that has ridiculed and rendered the election impossible.
"There is no excuse left to delay the election, but there may be some other reasons based on which the president and his chief executive officer are unwilling to hold election," Ayubi told The Heart of Asia, adding that a relatively transparent election was better than no election.
Masood Trashtwal, the spokesperson for the Protection and Stability Council (PSC), an opposition coalition, had told The Heart of Asia that President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah were seeking to extend their term, and portray the election as impossible.
According to Trashtwal, extending the NUG's term was unacceptable for PSC which would never agree to it.
President Ghani, however, emphasizes that the upcoming presidential election will be conducted on time; however, the exact date of parliamentary election, which should take place prior to presidential polls, is still unknown.
Meanwhile, Wasima Badghisi, the Deputy Chief Electoral Officer for Operations, revealed that preliminary arrangements have been made for election, but it was up to the government to decide on it and provide the necessary resources.
Talking to The Heart of Asia, she said they could not carry out the election unless the government allocated the necessary budget, ensured security, and finalized the election mechanism.
Terming presidential and parliamentary election as inevitable, she said holding a completely transparent election were even impossible in the world’s most developed countries.