Political parties called for a change to the electoral system

A group of influential political parties on Monday called on the government to identify the share of political parties in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

In addition, the parties objected stamping of the voter’s national identity cards and suggested shifting from the current SNTV electoral system to a multi-dimensional representation (MDR) system, because the MDR system would give political parties more weight in the upcoming parliamentary ballot.

“On 19 May 2018, the political parties jointly approved the MDR electoral system and we were expecting to submit an official letter to the quadrilateral commission, but unfortunately the government has failed to form the commission yet,” said Mohiuddin Mahdi a senior member of Jamiat-e Islami Afghanistan.

The parties claimed that the government and the Independent Election Commission (IEC) are looking for systemization of fraud for 2019 presidential elections by using paper identity cards.

“We won’t allow anyone anymore to oppose with the fate of Afghanistan’s people,” said Asadullah Sadati a member of [Hezb-e] Wahdat-e Islami Afghanistan.

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Jamiat Islami declares final stance regarding e-NIC roll-out by Ghani

The Jamiat Islami party led by Salahuddin Rabbani and Ata Mohammad Noor declared its final stance regarding the roll-out of the electronic National Identity Cards (e-NIC) by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

The party says the roll out of the electronic ID cards by the Presidential Palace is not appropriate due to the pending controversies in its contents.

According to a statement released by Jamiat Islami, the country is on the verge of holding the parliamentary and district councils elections and needs security and unity more than anything else.

The statement further adds that the roll out of the electronic ID cards with the pending controversies will distract people from voter registration and will harm the elections process.

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Noor informs of breakthrough in talks regarding Balkh leadership

The Chief Executive of Jamiat-e-Islami Ata Mohammad Noor has informed of breakthrough during the talks with the Afghan government regarding the Balkh political leadership.

In his speech during the ceremony to mark the start of the new Solar Year, Nowruz, Noor said certain agreements have been made during the talks with the government.

Noor further added that talks are underway and a final agreement will be made in coming days.

He said the details regarding the agreement will be shared with the people once the agreement concludes with the government.

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Critics question new security plan for Kabul

Military experts say new security plan for Kabul has failed to improve security as militants continue to launch coordinated attacks in the city.

On late Saturday, Rafigul Afghan, a senior advisor to Chief Executive and a key member of Jamiat-e-Islami was killed by unknown gunmen in Police District 17 of Kabul City. The attack was later claimed by the Taliban.

Atiqullah Amarkhil, a military expert said the Kabul security plan has been failed and there are still serious security challenges that need to be resolved. He said the plan shouldn’t have been revealed to public.

Criticizing the government over failure to ensure security, some Kabul residents said they have not seen any improvement in security of Kabul City, despite of government’s new measures.

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UN mediation to end ARG-Jamiat rifts fails

Sources say that the United Nations mediation to resolve the differences between Jamiat-e-Islami Party of Afghanistan and central government over the dismissal of Balkh governor has failed.

After a two week delay, the Presidential Palace and Jamiat Party resumed their negotiations on Tuesday, but the talks ended with no result.

Delegations from the two sides have discussed the share of political parties in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Reportedly, representatives from the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan were also present at the talks.

UNAMA has not made a comment about this report yet.

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