No fair polls in presence of foreign troops: HI
01 November, 2012
KABUL: Reiterating belief in elections, the Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan political committee chairman Dr Ghairat Bahir said Wednesday) transparent and credible elections are impossible in the presence of foreign forces.
Talking to the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) on the announcement of official date for the upcoming presidential and provincial council polls by the Independent Election Commission (IEC), Dr Ghairat Bahir said: "The Hizb-i-Islami believes in elections. It's also a part of the charter of conduct of the Hizb-i-Islami and its system is standing on elections. The Hizb-i-Islami wants general vote in Afghanistan. But all the foreign forces should leave Afghanistan before the elections. As the previous experiments showed, transparent elections are impossible in the presence of foreign forces. Polls in the presence of foreign forces would once again be a drama and an eye-wash."
He vowed the Hizb-i-Islami would take part in the elections of Afghanistan if they (polls) are held transparently as per Afghan conditions.
Dr Ghairat Bahir said the Hizb-i-Islami wanted parties be made candidates in the elections rather than individuals to cope with corruption and frauds in the polls.
He said the previous presidential vote of the country was not transparent, adding mistakes should not be repeated.
The IEC announced April 5, 2014, as the official date for the upcoming presidential and provincial election in Afghanistan, a time when the foreign forces would still be present in the war-torn country. However, it seems difficult that the anti-government elections – Hizb-i-Islami and Taliban – would take part in the polls. It seems the anti-government groups would try to disrupt the elections by conducting attacks.