Despite Karzai's decree, vote to be held in August, commission says

Afghanistan President Hamid KarzaiKabul- Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission said Wednesday that the presidential election should be held in August despite President Hamid Karzai's decree that called for polls to be brought forward to April.

The commission said it would be unable to hold the voting next month because of security and logistical problems.

Karzai last week ordered the commission to move the polling up to comply with the constitution, sparking a political debate among politicians, who said they were not ready for an early election.

According to the constitution, Karzai's term expires May 22 and elections must be held 30 to 60 days before that date. (dpa)