The Chairman of Independent Election Commission (IEC) Abdul Badi Sayyad on Sunday announced that IEC has decided to hold the presidential elections on July 20, 2019 instead of the previously decided date April 20, 2019. This is a 3 month delay.
“Presidential elections will be held on 20 Saratan 1398 (July 20, 2019),” said Sayyad.
The President and government have welcomed the decision.
“There is no doubt that timely elections has been the demand of the Afghan government, but the independent election commission of Afghanistan as a sovereign institution has decided to conduct the presidential elections in the month of Saratan 1398 (July 20, 2019) and the IEC decided the new date after consultations with all stakeholders in the election process such as the political parties, possible candidates, civil society institutions and election monitoring groups, and the move comes in view of technical problems and to avoid past mistakes repeated,” the Presidential Palace ARG said in a statement.
“The Afghan government respects the decision made by the independent election commission and in view of the reservations expressed by the election commission, the government is ready to cooperate with the commission to hold the elections in Saratan 1398,” the statement added.