Embassies Will Decide On Elections’ Winners And Losers: Hekmatyar

Addressing an event on Friday, the Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said government and a number of embassies of foreign countries in Kabul are trying to engineer the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Hekmatyar made the remarks in a meeting of the heads of political parties, movements and members of parliament who came together under a new movement known as the Grand Assembly of National Unity.

The new movement launched a two-day gathering in Kabul on Thursday to discuss issues around the Afghan war and peace process and seeking ways for securing a sustainable peace. The new movement also discussed issues around the upcoming parliamentary elections which will be held in October 20. 

Hekmatyar said the parliamentary elections will be held only in 36 percent of Afghanistan and that parts of the country have been made insecure deliberately to prevent elections there. 

“The decision on winners and losers will not be made by the election commission or based on the ballot boxes and people’s votes; the decision will be made by order and recommendation of influential foreign parties. They will decide that which candidates should win and which candidate should lose,” Hekmatyarsaid without naming any embassy or individual. 

Members of the Grand Assembly of National Unity wrapped up their two-day meeting on political and security situation in the country on Friday. 

Seeking ways for ending war and bringing in the country and seeking other mechanism in addition to biometric system for ensuring a transparent election are parts of the resolution the new movement declared on Friday after their discussions. 

The new movement includes major political parties and movements – including National Islamic Front of Afghanistan (Mahaz-e Milli Islami Afghanistan), Afghan Millat Party, Musharekat-e-Milli Party, National Solidarity Movement of Afghanistan, the Jamiat Integration Council, Hizb-e-Islami led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and other parties and organizations.

The new movement also asked government to hold district councils’ elections.

“The Grand Assembly of National Unity asks government to hold district councils elections instead of making ‘improper excuses’,” said Ehsanullah Sediqi, member of the movement.

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) meanwhile said the institution continues its efforts to hold a transparent and fair election that will reflect the will of the nation. 

“The election commission will count the votes transparently, honestly and fairly… And it is the decision that the people will make,” IEC spokesman Sayed Hafizullah Hashemi said. 

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