Afghan official: New date for presidential polls is July 20

Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission says presidential polls initially scheduled for April, will now be held July 20 to allow time to fix technical problems that surfaced during October parliamentary elections

KABUL, Afghanistan -- An Afghan official says presidential polls, which were originally scheduled for April, will be held on July 20.

More time is needed to verify voter lists and to train elections workers on a biometric identification system, aimed at reducing fraud.

Parliamentary elections were overwhelmed by delays with some polling booths opening up five hours late, forcing a second day of voting. Several legal complaints have been filed challenging the results, with many polling results still not announced.

The last presidential election, held in 2014, was mired in controversy and widespread allegations of fraud. Officials want to avoid a repeat in 2019.