Afghan parliamentary elections face possible delay due to census troubles

[JURIST] The first parliamentary elections in Afghanistan [JURIST countries] under the newly established government of Hamid Karzai may be forced to be delayed due to slow progress on a census of the population. Already delayed once from this fall, the elections are scheduled to be held May 20. However, a deadline to present a finished national census to the country's electoral body three months before the elections cannot be met, according to some political party leaders in the country. Officials conducting the census have reported that work was completed in 30 of the country's 34 provinces, but there were numerous complaints about how the process was conducted in those provinces. A deadline for the establishment of electoral boundaries 120 days before the election has already lapsed [AFP report]. The Pajhwok Afghan News service has more.



 

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