Five presidential candidates including Abdullah Abdullah, Rahmatullah Nabil, Ahmad Wali Massoud, Abdul Latif Pedram and Noorullah Jalili held campaign rallies on the 32nd day of the election campaign in Kabul where they stressed the need for transparent polls.
The presidential election is scheduled for 28 September. According to the Election Commission, the transfer of election materials to provinces was kicked off on Friday and will continue until September 11. Almost 5,000 polling centers will be opened on the Election Day, according to the commission.
Presidential candidate Ahmad Wali Massoud who addressed a gathering of his supporters in the west of Kabul said the election “must be held transparently” and that it should be Afghan-led through the whole process.
Mr. Massoud said that the government leaders lack a proper for overcoming the current crisis in the country.
“We will together boycott the election if we saw that they will not ensure a transparent poll. We will not allow a ballot box filled with fraudulent votes to determine our fate,” Mr. Massoud said.
Other presidential candidate Rahmatullah Nabil at a gathering among members of Jamiat-e-Islami party said the National Unity Government leaders are using government facilities for election campaign purposes.
“In many ways, we have been a nation which is moving towards failure,” Mr. Nabil said, referring to uncertainty around the peace process.
Mr. Nabil said that Afghans should not be kept in the dark about the ongoing peace efforts.
He said his team is ready to quit election in exchange for peace, but the process should be Afghan-led and the Taliban should hold talks with Afghans.
Presidential candidate Sayed Noorullah Jalili said among his supports in Kabul that the National Unity Government leaders have not been sincere in their efforts for peace.
“The nation will even accept an emirate but they will not accept compromise on the fate of the people,” he said.
Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, who is running for president for the third time, said at a campaign gathering in Kabul that the election should be held transparent.
“We do not want the continuation of war for remaining in power,” Mr. Abdullah said.
Presidential candidate Abdul Latif Pedram, who is a former MP, said among his supporters in Kabul that he will bring fundamental reforms in governance if he wins.