Afghanistan presidential election delayed to Sept 28 | 2019-03-22 |

Afghanistan presidential election delayed to Sept 28

22 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

KABUL: War-torn Afghanistan has delayed its presidential election until September 28, officials announced Wednesday, the second time the ballot has been put back and five months later than it was originally scheduled to be held, reports AFP.

The announcement by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) comes after speculation that the vote would be postponed to create space for US-led efforts to end the 17-year war with the Taliban.

The presidential ballot was originally scheduled for April 20, then delayed to July 20. Many observers had considered both dates unrealistic given the Independent Election Commission (IEC) is still finalising results of October’s shambolic parliamentary elections.

The IEC said in a statement Wednesday that the vote had faced “numerous problems and challenges ... therefore holding the elections based on the timelines previously announced is not possible”.

“In order to better implement the rule of election law, ensure transparency as well as voter registration, the presidential election, provincial council election as well as the parliamentary election of Ghazni province will be held on September 28,” the statement said.