Parliamentary elections in Afghanistan are scheduled for May 22, the country's Independent Election Commission announced this weekend.
Critics say the date does not give the country enough time to implement reform and put checks in place, after the August 2009 presidential elections were marred by violence and allegations of corruption before Hamid Karzai was declared president.
The date announcement comes the same weekend that the Parliament rejected 17 cabinet members proposed by Karzai. The rejection of 17 proposed cabinet members will not stop international community donations or the U.N. mission to Afghanistan, said U.N. spokesman Aleem Siddique at a news conference Monday. He said the United Nations is prepared to help with Afghanistan's upcoming parliamentary elections if asked, he said, adding there had not yet been a request.
What do you think? Do you think Afghanistan should delay the parliamentary elections over fears of possible fraud and violence or should the nation go ahead with the vote?