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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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