60pc of Charikar voters enthusiastic about future polls
KABUL (Pajhwok): A survey shows every six in 10 persons in Charikar, the capital of central Parwan province, are enthusiastic about their participation in the delayed parliamentary and district council elections.
The survey has been conducted by students of journalism with the help of PAYK, an investigative journalism organization. Around 150 individuals from different walks of life were interviewed in the survey.
Of the participants, 60 percent -- 53.3 percent men and 47.7 percent women --- vowed they would take part in the coming ballots.
In addition, 42.2 percent of these individuals showed strong interest in casting their votes, while 40 percent said they would go to vote to elect candidates of their choice and 17.8 percent said they wanted to vote in order to get their problems resolved.
Another 40 percent of those interviewed ----71.7 percent of them men and 28.8 percent women ----showed no interest in voting saying they had no belief in elections and the electoral system.
Similarly, 40 percent rejected taking part in elections citing flaws in the system and 7.5 percent did not want to vote because of security concerns.
About 95 percent termed cultural restrictions, undemocratic practices and the lack of awareness about elections as main reasons behind women's lukewarm participation in elections. They asked security officials to take steps to improve security especially during elections.
Charikar's population is estimated at 642,000 people. According to the provincial Independent Election Commission (IEC) office, 54,000 men and 24,000 women are eligible for vote in the city.
Police Chief Mohammad Zaman Mamozai said police would leave no stone unturned to maintain law and order during the upcoming elections. He said police in the last presidential and provincial council elections had proved their capability of meeting all challenges.
Election officials say they would bring into use all resources in hand to ensure that public fearlessly took part in elections.
Abdul Qahar Wahab Safi, IEC head for Parwan, said they had launched an awareness programme to help the public enhance their knowledge about elections.
However, the election commission has postponed the parliamentary and district council elections for at least a year citing a lack of budget.
IEC chief Yusuf Nuristani on Wednesday told reporters in Kabul that the commission was ready to conduct the elections if the government arranged the costs.
Following trainees contributed to this report: Ahmad Khalid Nikzada, Rahmatullah Radmanish, Zaki Ahmadi, Tuba Kohistani, Lina Bakhshi, Khatera Hussein Zada and Mohammad Eshaq.
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