Campaigning for Presidential election kicks off

The campaigning for 2014 Presidential elections has kicked off amid concerns over security

The 11 Presidential candidates finally kicked off their campaign for historic April 2014 Presidential elections on Saturday. All the candidates look quite upbeat for the much awaited political transition that will see new government take over.

The campaigns would continue for next two months. The candidates for Provincial Council elections are likely to start their campaign from March 4 and continue for one month.

Ziaulhaq Amarkhil, Chief Electoral Officer of Independent Election Commission (IEC), said all candidates in the fray are expected to give details about their election manifestos to people during this stipulated time period. He hoped the candidates will respect rules and regulations in the course of their campaigns. 

He noted IEC has put in place all the necessary measures to ensure free and transparent elections, and the activities of Presidential and Provincial candidates will be closely monitored.

Mr. Amarkhil admitted that the Presidential candidates and their Vice Presidential nominees would be facing security challenges during their election campaign. But he expressed hope that the elections would be held amid atmosphere of peace and security.

A day before election campaigning started, gunmen shot dead two aides of Abdullah Abdullah, one of the candidates for Presidential elections.  

“We are concerned about security because the elections are going to take place in the atmosphere of war but we are confident to provide better security for candidates,” says the official.

Presidential candidates are allowed to spend up to 10 million Afs on their campaigns and the expenditure is going to be monitored by IEC.  

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