ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan’s unity government has postponed parliamentary elections for at least one year as political wrangling continues in the country at a time when the Taliban have stepped up their attacks. Taliban claimed responsibility for a series of attacks in recent days ; the deadliest in Mazar-e-Sharif on the office of the attorney general which killed 10 and injured dozens of people.
The members of the special electoral reform commission appointed by President Ashraf Ghani complain that the commission has only advisory role, having no authority to bring reform to the election system.
The deputy head of the commission Sediqullah Tawhidi stated on Wednesday that if necessary authorities are not given to the commission, reforming the election system will be "impossible."
"This is an advisory commission. When the suggestions are unlike to president's wish, they are rejected," Tawhidi said. "We can say this is a weak and advisory commission."
President Ashraf Ghani in a decree on Saturday announced the 15-member special commission on electoral reform as part of National Unity Government (NUG) promises to bring reforms to the electoral system.
Female lawmaker Shukria Barekzai is the head of the commission and Sediqullah Tawhidi the deputy head, according to presidential statement.
The statement added that the purpose of the commission was to bring fundamental changes to the electoral system and build trust between the people and government.
Sayed Abbas Kazemi
The Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) has announced the removal of three top provincial level officials of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) from their positions each for 10 years on charges of fraud.
The announcement came Wednesday when the ECC revealed that 25 permanent officials of the election commission were accused of fraud and violating the election law in last year's presidential election.
The National Unity Government (NUG) leaders have still not agreed on how to bring reforms to the electoral system and the establishment of the special electoral reform commission, a senior NUG official told TOLOnews.
In an exclusive interview with TOLOnews, second Vice President Sarwar Danish expressed that President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah have not met with each other so far on electoral reforms.
The office of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on Tuesday said consultation about the creation of electoral reforms commission has been finalised and the body will be announced through a presidential decree soon.
Reformation of system and rebuilding of election commissions were the main elements of agreements between President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah.
Members of the committee appointed by the national unity government to negotiate the details a potential electoral reforms commission discussed details of their progress on Sunday.
The electoral reform commission is expected to be in place for four to five months, and be composed of nine to 11 members. Ultimately, the commission would be responsible for preparing a plan for how to bring reform to the country's electoral system.
El primer ministro afgano, Abdulá Abdulá, ha asegurado este lunes que las conversaciones de paz con representantes del movimiento talibán afgano podrían comenzar pronto, al tiempo que ha subrayado que no se negociará sobre los avances alcanzados durante los últimos trece años en el país centroasiático, ha informado la agencia de noticias local Jaama Press.
KABUL (Pajhwok): Political experts have warned against a delay in holding the next parliamentary elections at the expense of proposed electoral reforms as part of the unity government deal.
President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah have agreed to bring reforms to the electoral system under a deal following the bitterly disputed presidential election last year.
The president last week tasked his second deputy Sarwar Danish with investigating issues concerning the proposed electoral reforms in consultation with civil society groups.
Los parlamentarios afganos rechazaron el miércoles a la mayoría de los candidatos designados por el presidente Ashraf Ghani para integrar el nuevo gobierno "de unión nacional", lo que hace temer una crisis política.
La cámara baja del parlamento votó sobre 18 ministros elegidos por Ghani, de los que sólo aprobó ocho.
El presidente afgano publicó el 12 de enero los 25 candidatos a desempeñar cargos en el nuevo gobierno, pero el parlamento no se ha pronunciado este miércoles sobre siete.
The Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of the Parliament) approved the proposed amendments in four articles of the election law with majority votes on Tuesday as part of the promises to bring reforms in the country's electoral system.
Based on the new law, only those will be allowed to run for Parliamentary election that either hold a Bachelor's Degree or have been a MP in the past.
According to the amendment in another article of the election law, the selective members of the Senate should resign from their seats before they run for the House of Representatives elections.
El presidente afgano, Ashraf Ghani, ha nombrado a los ministros de su nuevo gabinete este lunes, tras una espera de más de tres meses, para intentar establecer un Gobierno efectivo que pueda hacer frente a los problemas del país, especialmente la violencia.
Muchas instituciones gubernamentales han estado prácticamente paralizadas durante un año debido a la crisis electoral y la incertidumbre sobre si la retirada del grueso de las tropas internacionales el mes pasado llevará a más violencia por parte de los talibán.
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday said the cabinet’s formation had reached its final stage and the delayed announcement was coming soon.
Addressing provincial council members from 10 provinces at the Presidential Palace, the president said they wanted the upcoming cabinet to reflect a real image of the national unity.
He said the cabinet would be announced soon and its members would be responsible to people in every corner of the country, a statement from the Presidential Palace quoted the president as saying.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has marked 100 days in office as he continues to struggle to name a cabinet, creating a political stalemate that threatens to hamper the fight against the Taliban.
A unity government was formed in September 2014 after Ghani agreed to a power-sharing deal with his political opponent Abdullah Abdullah, but the two men have since failed to agree on senior cabinet positions.
Abdullah was appointed "chief executive" - a new role similar to prime minister.
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday asked its administrative board members to hold a meeting with President Ashraf Ghani on the delay in the announcement of the cabinet.
After being sworn in as president more than two months ago, Ghani had promised to unveil a new cabinet in 25 days. The delay has already drawn widespread criticism.
The results of the provincial council elections have still not been announced despite a four-month delay in the announcement.
Candidates, who have continuously criticized the dragging delay, are starting to lose hope about the likelihood of an announcement any time soon.
"We ask the election commissions to announce the final results as soon as possible so that people's concerns come to end," one of the candidates Rahimullah Mujahid said.
"Juro que respetaré los preceptos del islam y la legislación de Afganistán, garantizaré la independencia de la nación afgana y, con la ayuda de Dios, los derechos de todos los afganos y el progreso de este país". Con estas palabras el economista de etnia pastún Ashraf Ghani ha tomado posesión del cargo este lunes como nuevo presidente electo de Afganistán, en sustitución a Hamid Karzai, en el poder desde la caída del régimen talibán a final de 2001.
Los candidatos a ocupar la presidencia de Afganistán, Abdullah Abdullah y Ashraf Gani, han firmado este domingo un acuerdo que garantizará la formación de un Gobierno de unidad nacional en el que ambos ocuparán puestos de responsabilidad. En una ceremonia celebrada en el palacio del presidente saliente, Hamid Karzai, los dos candidatos firmaron el acuerdo que asegura el fin de la crisis electoral, después de tres meses de disputas.
El economista Ashraf Ghani ha sido proclamado finalmente hoy domingo ganador de las elecciones presidenciales en Afganistán. El anuncio se ha producido poco después de que Ghani alcanzara un acuerdo de reparto del poder con su rival Abdullah Abdullah, quien desde hace tres meses cuestionaba el resultado electoral. Sus acusaciones de fraude no sólo ensombrecieron los comicios, sino que han dado alas a los insurgentes talibanes en víspera de la retirada de las tropas extranjeras.