Government postpones Afghanistan presidential election to September 28

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The Afghanistan government on Wednesday announced its presidential election date as September 28, 2019, this is the second time the election has been postponed.

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 postponed 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”.

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“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.

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