A commissioner of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Sunday said that the country’s election management body is grappling with a series of problems that need to be tackled or at least reduced.
“If we do not manage to resolve these issues in a way, at least we should try to reduce them. These problems start from the leadership problems towards administrative and financial,” said Mawlana Mohammad Abdullah, an incumbent member of the IEC as the country inches closer to September presidential elections that will see an end of President Ashraf Ghani’s five-year mandate.
Meanwhile, the IEC members announced that they have finalized $146 million draft budget for the elections.
According to the IEC officials, the commission has purchased 25,000 biometric devices ahead of the polls.
The IEC also announced the appointment of eleven new provincial chiefs of the commission.
Based on the IEC statistics, over nine million Afghans have registered to vote in the upcoming elections.
The election commission is trying to separate fake ID cards from the original ones, said the IEC officials.
“The total budget for all elections is about $146 million,” said IEC chairwoman Hawa Alam Nuristani.
“The Afghan government is ready to respond to any legitimate demand of the independent election commission,” said Mohammad Humayoun Qayoumi, acting minister of finance.