ژورنال افغانستان


The puzzle of Afghan election is already arranged

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As Afghanistan is now significantly closer to holding presidential and parliamentary elections, warnings, differences and different tastes between the government and political parties have already come to the fore.

However, given the occasional protests by the election monitoring organizations and political parties, it is predicted that the conduct of elections will not only fail to improve the country's situation and resolve the ongoing different crises, but will also exacerbate tensions between political parties and the government.

Afghanistan's former foreign minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta yesterday said at a gathering that the government leaders were systematically lying to the people about important national issues, including elections.

"The government says the elections will be held in all provinces and around the country, but the problem is: in a country where 50% of its territory is out of government control, how one can expect the election will be general?" Spanta said.

Confirming Spanta's comments, many other critics also argued that the government was not honest with the people.

They believe that the government is practically using the name and reputation of the people to justify its ambiguous policies at the national level while the people enjoy no crucial role in taking strategic and national decisions. 

For instance, regarding the peace deal between the government and the Hizb-e-Islami, many experts still belive the government is deliberately concealing the details of the deal and that it does not allow its transparent details to be published.

Regarding the government's peace policies with the Taliban too, the people were not basically involved in policymaking, and if a transparent and democratic survey was to be conducted to question the people on the peace plan after president Ashraf Ghani unveiled parts of its details, a large number of people would not accept that.

Consequently, supporting Spanta's ideas, the government critics believe that the government that cliams to be democratic and legitimate and to have been formed by the direct will of the people, systematically lie to the people, conceal details of important decisions and refuses to allow the people to take part in important national trends such as peace and war, the presence of foreign forces and important policeis through legal and defined frameworks such as referendum, elections and the Loya Jirga ( grand assembly of elders).

Dimensions of this approach of the government have grown worryingly during the tenure of the government of national unity, and secrecy, lies, duplicity, reversal of reality, and ... have now become a principled policy of the government toward the people.


For instance, the people have no idea of the exact number of the country's armed forces, how many of them are killed or leave the army and how many others join the ranks of army forces annually.

The government hides even the actual figure of casualties being caused by suicide bombings.

So far, the elections as a major national trend has repeatedly been delayed by the systematic lies of the democratic government, and overwhelming doubts still exist over the government's ability to hold the long-delayed elections on the announced date.

Moreover, a large number of political parties have in recent weeks warned of widespread fraud being orchestrated in the forthcoming presidential and parliamentary elections, arguing that president Ghani has already manipulated the election results in his favor with the partial people he has in the election commission.

All these will affect the confidence and trust of the people in government and will further deepen the already existing distance between them.

This cannot be in interest of newly founded systems like Afghanistan at all, because no system can survive long without the confidence and consent of its people.

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