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Afghan Presidential Vote Delayed For Second Time, Until September

Hawa Alam Nuristani (file photo)

KABUL -- The head of Afghanistan's Independent Elections Commission has said that the country's presidential election has been postponed by two months to give the authorities more time to organize the ballot and fix the problems that occurred during the October parliamentary polls.

Hawa Alam Nuristani told reporters in Kabul on March 20 that the presidential election was now planned for September 28, together with the country's district-council elections and parliamentary polls in Ghazni Province.

Nuristani added that the commission will only be able to organize the polls once the necessary funds have been provided by the stakeholders involved, including the Kabul government and the international community

The presidential election was initially scheduled for April and later delayed until July 20.

The October parliamentary elections, which Nuristani described as “the worst elections in the last 15 years,” were marred by inefficiencies including absent electoral staff and missing voting materials.

With reporting by Tolo News