Registration for Afghan parliamentary election to start this month

Registration of candidates for Afghanistan’s parliamentary election would start within weeks, an official said here Thursday.

“The registration process of candidates for Wolesi Jirga, or the lower house of the parliament, will be started on Jan. 23 and will continue till Feb. 6,” Daud Ali Najafi, head of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) Secretariat, told a press conference.

The second parliamentary election in the post-Taliban Afghanistan is set for May 22 this year, said the official.

He made this announcement as the United States and the allied nations have urged the Afghan government to postpone the parliament election unless there is a reform in the electoral process to ensure transparency.

The international community asks for reform in the wake of Aug.20 fraud-marred presidential election that enabled President Hamid Karzai to lead the war-torn country for the second five-year term.

Taliban threats and increasing security incidents have raised concerns among the war-weary Afghan people that upcoming parliamentary election might be postponed.

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