KABUL (Pajhwok): Head of the Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has stressed the need for timely conduct of presidential elections and asked the government to honor the demands of political parties, according to a statement on Tuesday.
The HIA statement added the party supremo expressed the remarks during a meeting with Jihadi personalities from the Chahardehi area of the capital Kabul.
The statement quoted Hekmatyar as saying: “We tried to convince the government to agree on the plan of the political forces in order to make the elections a solution to the crisis in the country, but the talk did not succeed.”
However, citing a well-placed source, Pajhwok on Sunday reported the presidential and other three lections had been postponed for three months.
The Independent Election Commission (IEC) head Abdul Bade Sayyad termed the delayed date of July 13 for the presidential and other three elections as “fair and suitable’ but added the decision was not yet final.
“We wanted to change the electoral system in order to prevent fraud and rigging and no Afghan would be deprived of the right to vote but our efforts did not get proper response and the strategy was not accepted by IEC,” HIA leader added.
He stressed the need for timely conduct of presidential elections and a change in the electoral system; he added the political parties stood firm for their demands.
Hekmatyar also noted that the presidential elections must be held in time and if the government did not accept their demands, it would face a serious reaction.
“The current government cannot manage the country and unable to provide security, the situation will continue if the current system not changed,” he remarked.