Our per­spec­tive is that elec­tions must be held to give le­git­i­macy to Par­lia­ment, which can en­sure the le­gal­ity of the gov­ern­ment. This is very im­por­tant.

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“Peo­ple have lots of ques­tions about th­ese elec­tions. Par­lia­ment asked the com­mis­sion to­day (Saturday) to ap­pear be­fore law­mak­ers to an­swer our ques­tions and those of the peo­ple, but it didn’t turn up.”

Se­cu­rity threats dur­ing voter reg­is­tra­tion and on elec­tion day are the most im­por­tant con­cern of or­di­nary Afghans, MP Naz­ifa Zaki told Arab News.

Tal­iban at­tacks dur­ing the last elec­tion de­terred peo­ple from vot­ing, led to killings and en­abled fraud, she added.

The gov­ern­ment has vowed to se­cure vot­ing cen­ters by the time of the elec­tions.

A Tal­iban spokesman told Arab News that it has yet to come up with an of­fi­cial stance on the vote.

The Oc­to­ber poll is seen as a test of the abil­ity of the US and the gov­ern­ment of Pres­i­dent Ashraf Ghani to deal with chal­lenges ahead of the 2019 pres­i­den­tial and pro­vin­cial coun­cil elec­tions. (Reuters)

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