The upper house of Afghanistan's parliament is considering delaying next April's presidential elections, due to concerns about extreme winter weather.

Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission say the delay is something even President Karzai suggested after others raised issues about heavy snowing could prevent voters from going to the polls.  However, the Election Commission does not have the constitutional or legal authority to change the election's date.

Thousands of voters have registered for the elections. Along with weather concerns, Afghan voters also face poor security, a shortage of monitors and a lack of funding to protect the voting process in the country. This election will be the first transfer of power between presidents since ousting the Taliban.

Some critics argue this is just another ploy by Karzai to remain the spotlight and drag out his final term (Karzai is barred by the constitution from running for a third term).  Another example of this, is Karzai's refusal to sign a security pact with the U.S. that would keep thousands of U.S. troops in Afghanistan after next year when most international troops pull out. Karzai says no pact should be signed until after the presidential elections. 

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