As the election day gets closer, presidential candidates are actively competing to reach audiences--and banding together to take on the incumbent.
Five campaign representatives on Wednesday organized a gathering during which they accused President Ashraf Ghani of making deliberate attempts to engineer the upcoming presidential election. Another allegation is that Ghani is misusing funds and other resources available to him as the sitting president, in order to advance his campaign.
But Ghani’s campaign representatives have rejected the allegations, dismissing them as baseless and detached from reality.
Also of note, Sayed Mansour Naderi, the head of the Paiwand-e-Milli party, announced that his party will support Abdullah Abdullah’s Stability and Convergence campaign.
“On the day of the Loya Jirga (Grand Council of Elders) we will organize a historic and extraordinary gathering and after that our opponents will not dare to come into the arena. As they fell down during the debate, so they will face setback there,” said Naderi.
In addition, a number of Sunni Hazaras announced their support for presidential candidate Rahmatullah Nabil.
“We will not have a brown line in our governance, I promise you that. I will not say that Ahmad belongs to my ethnicity and he is a good thief and Mahmoud belongs to another ethnicity and he is a bad thief,” said Nabil.
Presidential candidate Ahmad Wali Massoud also organized a campaign rally in Kabul
“We are different from the government team—they use government assets and resources, and they exploit the greed of the people. They go to villages and vicinities and ask people to attend their rallies in exchange for 500 Afs,” said Massoud.
Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar traveled to the western province of Herat and said that he will actively oppose the election if it is not fair.
“We will prevent the election if we are not assured of transparency,” said Hekmatyar.
Abdullah Abdullah went to northern Jawzjan province where his team members accused the government of incompetency.
They said that the city of Kabul has changed into a mourning hall.
“I promise you that our unity is based on sincerity, it is not only aimed to secure the seat,” said Abdullah.
President Ghani said at a campaign rally in Kabul: “You 20 million Afghan youths and women are my daughters and sons,”
Meanwhile, another candidate, Sayed Noorullah Jalili, cancelled his trip to northern Balkh province and blamed the government for preventing him.
Jalili said: “We have entered the race with two powerful feathers and we will change the destiny of the Afghan people.”