Decree To Be Issued On Immediate Electoral Reforms: Danesh

Saturday, February 21, 2015
Kabul (BNA) The Second vice President Sarwar Danesh said the other day that the president would soon issue a decree on electoral reforms.
He made the remarks in meeting with political deputy to UNAMA here, BNA reported.
In the meeting, the vice president said that consultation with concerned bodies with regard to election reforms had been completed and the president would soon issue a decree on it.
A commission on electoral reforms composed of civil society, political parties and women would be formed, the vice president said.
On holding the upcoming elections, the vice president said the parliamentary elections would be held as per schedule. However, he said if there was any delay due to financial, security or technical problems, it won’t be long to damage its legitimacy.
About elections on district councils, the vice president opined that holding two elections at the same time is difficult, but the government would do its best to hold both elections simultaneously.
Meantime, the political deputy to UNAMA said that the world body is ready to support Afghanistan in the field of electoral reforms if need be and has readiness to assist in holding parliamentary elections.
According to another report, the Second Vice President, Sarwar Danesh in meeting with British ambassador to Afghanistan here the other day noted that the government of national unity is committed to bring reforms in the election system. Ruling out differences over electoral reforms, the vice president said that a commission to reform election system would soon be formed.
The ambassador said that, “we were concerned over electoral reforms but your presence in this regard has removed the concerns.”
The ambassador also assured Britain would continue to support Afghanistan government.

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