Kabul, Afghanistan: The United States has directed Afghan government to engage maximum stakeholders in forthcoming Parliamentary Elections scheduled to be held on October 20, 2018.
According to sources, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs of States Department Alice Wells while having meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani directed him to engage maximum stakeholders in forthcoming Parliamentary which will be held on October 20, 2018.
Parliamentary Elections in Afghanistan were scheduled to be held on October 15, 2016, but were postponed to July 7, 2018 and they are scheduled on October 20, 2018.
According to sources, Alice Wells during her meetings with President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah emphasised that maximum stakeholders should be engaged in forthcoming Parliamentary Elections to ensure maximum participation of people for sending a positive message to the world that democracy is working in Afghanistan.
According to an official statement issued by the US Embassy in Kabul, Wells underscored continued US support for an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process and the need for an honorable and dignified path to ending the conflict.
Statement said that her (Alice Wells) discussions also focused on the importance of holding timely, credible, and transparent parliamentary and presidential elections and ensuring Afghan citizens can safely cast their votes, the statement read.
Official statement added that during her visit, Wells met with President Ashraf Ghani, CEO Abdullah Abdullah, acting foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani, National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar, High Peace Council Chairman Karim Khalili, members of the Independent Election Commission, and other Afghan leaders.