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Afghan election marketing campaign kicks off amid violence

KABUL: Campaigning for Afghanistan’s long-delayed parliamentary elections star­ted on Friday, as a crescendo of lethal violence and claims of widespread fraud gas debate over whether or not the vote will go forward.

Greater than 2,500 candidates will contest the October 20 ballot, which is seen as a check run for subsequent 12 months’s presidential vote and a key milestone forward of a UN assembly in Geneva the place Afghanistan is below stress to point out progress on “democratic processes”.

However preparations for the poll, which is greater than three years late, have been in turmoil for months, regardless of UN-led efforts to maintain Afghan organisers on observe.

Bureaucratic inefficiency, allegations of industrial-scale fraud and now an eleventh-hour pledge for biometric verification of voters threaten to derail the election and any hope of a reputable outcome.

It will likely be “extremely flawed”, a Western diplomat admitted this week, reflecting falling expectations throughout Kabul’s worldwide neighborhood, which is offering many of the funding for the elections.

The Impartial Election Fee (IEC) has insisted voting will go forward, with or with out the biometric machines which have been demanded by opposition teams to stop individuals from voting greater than as soon as.

Solely 4,400 out of the 22,000 German-made machines ordered have been delivered to Afghanistan, officers stated.

“They’ve promised (biometric verification) and so they could do it, however will or not it’s profitable in dispelling the issues? I’m uncertain,” Afghanistan Analysts Community researcher Ali Yawar Adili stated.

The checklist of candidates, which has been trimmed to 2,565 after 35 have been expelled, are competing for 249 seats within the decrease home, whose members are extensively derided as corrupt and ineffective.

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Printed in Daybreak, September 29th, 2018

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