Jawzjan civil society not satisfied with poll process
SHIBERGHAN (PAN): Concerned over growing insecurity, a number of civil society leaders on Monday said the number of eligible voters registered and security measures taken so far ahead of the April elections had not been sufficient in northern Jawzjan province.
The heads of civil society groups held a meeting in Shiberghan, the provincial capital, saying the government’s writ did not prevail in a short distance from the capital.
Maghfirat Samimi, head of Jawzjan civil society groups, said a small number of people had been registered as voters in Jawzjan.
He said the unsatisfactory voter registration campaign, poor economic conditions and the deteriorated law and order situation were some of the reasons people showed lukewarm interest to participate in the elections.
Samimi said civil society organizations were trying their best to remove hurdles in the way of free and fair elections by suggesting solutions to problems.
Syed Azeem, a civil society activist, told Pajhwok Afghan News security forces had failed to establish the government’s writ in much of the province.
Residents wanted permanent stability in the province because they feared militants would behead them the very second day of voting, he said.
However, police chief Col. Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani rejected any potential security threats existed in the province, saying Qush Tapa and Darzab had been declared as sensitive due to the presence of militants.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News it was their duty to prevent any untoward incident from happening during the election process and ensure people taking part in the landmark elections had a peaceful environment.
Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan head for Jawzjan, Mohammad Saleh Masoumi said they had been working hard to convince people into participating in the elections.
Salehi said the voter registration drive had been a success, raising hopes for a credible vote in Jawzjan.
Jawzjan election office chief Amanullah Faryabi said the election process was going smoothly and so far 55,000 eligible individuals, including 33 percent women, had been registered.
More than three million people, 34 percent of them women, have been registered as voters across the country.
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