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Elections slated for August despite Karzai's calls for early vote

Latest update : 2009-03-04

The Afghan election commission has decided to keep to the August 20 schedule for presidential elections despite calls from President Hamid Karzai (pictured) for an early ballot to be held in April.

AFP - The Afghan election commission on Wednesday upheld August 20 as the date for the country's presidential election despite a decree from President Hamid Karzai calling for the ballot in April.
   
Azizullaf Ludin, chief of the country's Independent Election Commission, made the announcement at a news conference in Kabul.
   
"While we respect and accept the president decree, its implementation is not possible because all the problems which we listed previously, which are mainly security and weather conditions, are still in place," he said.
   
"This is why after a thorough study the EC came to the conclusion that we have to hold transparent, free and fair elections. That's why we confirm the date of August 20," he added.
 

Date created : 2009-03-04

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