Afghan parliamentary elections face delay, UN says

[JURIST] Parliamentary elections in Afghanistan [JURIST countries archive] will likely be delayed until this summer or fall, a UN spokesman said Thursday. The elections were originally slated to be held before the end of the Aghan month Saur on May 21, but a deadline to declare the elections at least 90 days ahead of time has already lapsed, as the government struggles to implement a reliable voting system. Last month, the Afghan foreign minister said a delay was possible [JURIST report]. Although the presidential election was delayed once last summer, it was held successfully in October, with voters overwhelmingly selecting President Hamid Karzai [BBC News profile]. Officials are trying to decide whether to use a voting system favoring independents or one that emphasizes emerging political parties. AP has more.

 

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