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.
“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)