Afghan commission postpones Parliamentary Election
Last Updated: Sunday, January 24, 2010, 13:25
Kabul: Afghanistan's independent election commission has confirmed it is postponing Parliamentary Election until the fall due to a lack of funding, security concerns and logistical challenges.

Commissioner Fazel Ahmed Manawi also told reporters on Sunday the delay will allow time for electoral reforms — a move likely to please Western countries pressing for changes after a fraud-marred Presidential Election.

Manawi says the vote, which had been scheduled for May 22, will be held on September 18 instead.

US lawmakers and other critics had pressed for a delay in the wake of last August's disputed Presidential Election, warning that holding the vote without substantive electoral reform could undermine support for US aid to Afghanistan.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, January 24, 2010, 13:25

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