Afghan commission postpones Parliamentary Election

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.

Updated: Jan 24, 2010, 13:25 PM IST

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