Call for rescheduling elections violates constitution, says ICOIC

Issuing a legal opinion in three articles on September 25, Afghanistan’s Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of Constitution (ICOIC), said that any call for postponing or boycotting the elections under the pretext of peace or likely fraud in the elections is against the Constitution.

The ICOIC noted that the people’s wide participation in the polls is the only constitutional mechanism that endorses a democratic governing system. The ICOIC stated that any call for reschedule or boycott of the elections is explicit violation of articles 4, 33, and 61 of the Constitution.

The ICOIC asks the executive bodies, observers and election commissions to act impartially and accurately, and protect nation’s vote.  The commission also called on the presidential candidates and their supporters to accept the result of the upcoming presidential elections.

The statement came while a number of candidates have already warned the State Builder presidential ticket, led by the incumbent president, might manipulate the result of 2019 presidential elections.

On the other hand, a number of political figures—gathering in the residence of former President Hamid Karzai—issued a statement, saying the 2019 presidential elections will push the country into crisis.