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Talks on leaders demand ended with no breakthrough

Monitoring Desk

KABUL: The Independent Election Commission Chief Gula Jan Abdul Badi Sayad confirmed that the talks between government and the political leaders have ended with no breakthrough to find a solution regarding the demands of the political parties.

Speaking during a press conference in Kabul, Sayad said the second vice president Sarwar Danish has met with the political leaders for at least four times but no consensus was reached during the meetings. According to Sayad, some of the key demands of the political leaders include the change of the voting system to single transferable vote, utilization of technologies (biometric system) during the elections, and monitoring of the elections process.

He said the election commission has no issue with the recommendation of the political leaders to monitor the elections but they must submit the documents of their mentors and obtain credentials from the election commission office. Sayad further added that the political parties should also refrain from the interference in the electoral and voting process.

In the meantime, Sayad said the demands of the political leaders to utilize biometrics system and change the electoral law, would delay the elections process. He said the issue of the modification of the electrocal law lies with the government and commission has no issue with the introduction of the biometrics system but the such a step is not possible during the parliamentary and districts councils elections. However, Sayad said the election commission could introduce the biometrics system during the presidential elections.

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