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Authorities should give the Afghan people their voice at the ballot boxes: U.S. Embassy

16 May 2019 The Khaama Press News Agency

The U.S. Embassy in

Kabul has welcomed the finalization of the Kabul parliamentary election results

and has urged the Afghan authorities to turn their attention to preparing for

the Sptember presidential elections.

“We urge the IEC

to turn its attention to preparing for the September presidential election,

including putting forward a budget request aligned with an appropriate

operational plan, hiring and training sufficient staff to complete voter

registration and preparations, and coordinating with the security

ministries,” the U.S. Embassy in Kabul said in a statement.

“Afghan people

deserve the opportunity to choose their next leadership through transparent

elections in September,” the statement said, adding that “We are prepared to

continue supporting this process.”

The statement further

added “We now ask that Afghan authorities do their part to take the decisions

and actions necessary to give the Afghan people their voice at the ballot box

this year.”

The U.S. Embassy also

added that it notes the decision of the IEC on May 10 to focus on voting

methods that can realistically be implemented this year for the 2019

presidential election.

This comes as reports

emerged earlier suggesting that the IEC leadership has decided not to use the

biometrics technology in presidential elections.

Documents obtained

media outlets purportedly show that the leadership of the election commission

has issued a resolution which states that the modification in Clause#2 of

Article#19 regarding the use of biometrics technology is not implementable.

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