Dec. 29, 2009, midnight
Afghan officials on Tuesday announced their intention to hold Parliamentary elections in May 2010, according to an announcement by the country's Independent Election Commission. Donor countries and international organizations have expressed reservations and even objected, urging the country to compile a voter registry and increase the independence of its election authority. Those who are circumspect about the vote want stronger institutional guarantees against the type of fraud that marred Presidential elections last August. Officials said they would finance the election with Afghan resources alone if the international community refused to provide assistance.