KABUL, March 2 (Xinhua)— An Afghan Presidential candidate Monday slammed President Hamid Karzai’s order for holding presidential polls in April, describing it as illegal.
"According to the law the candidates should have four months time to make their election campaign and get ready for the race," Ramazan Bashardost told Xinhua.
A former Planning Minister and serving parliamentarian, Bashardost stressed that the Election Commission is an "independent body and president does not have the right to order."
The Election Commission last month set Aug. 20 for the presidential polls and the decision was welcomed by candidates as well as by the United States and the United Nations.
However, President Karzai issued an order last Saturday, asking the electoral commission to bring forward the date for the elections.
Karzai’s term ends on May 21 and, according to the country’s constitution, the presidential elections should be held 30 to 60 days before the term of incumbent presidents expires.
The Afghan Election Commission has yet to support the order issued by the president.