Afghan poll panel refuses to advance presidential election

March 4th, 2009 - 6:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Kabul, March 4 (Xinhua) Afghanistan’s Election Commission Wednesday rejected President Hamid Karzai’s ruling to advance the presidential election to April or May.
In January, the commission announced that the election would be held Aug 20.

Karzai, who declared his intention to run for a second term, issued a decree last week, ordering the commission to advance the election to adhere to the Afghan constitution.

The president’s office term will end May 21, and the presidential election should take place 30 to 60 days before that date under the terms of the country’s constitution.

Karzai’s decision drew criticism from the country’s opposition leaders, who complained they wouldn’t have enough time to prepare for a spring vote.

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