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92pc of Afghans support elections: survey

92pc of Afghans support elections: survey

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Mar 26, 2014 - 17:59

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Citing a new survey, the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistaninfo-icon (FEFA) on Wednesday said 92 percent of Afghans supported the April 5 elections, but they were worried about possible fraud.

Of the 4,000 people interviewed, 92 percent of respondents said they would participate in the presidential and provincial council elections. Five percent did not support the polls and three percent refused to comment.

According to the survey, 75 percent of those polled said they would cast their votes -- a high percentage compared with the previous elections.

Eighty-eight percent of respondents said they would vote for a candidate who had the ability to serve the nation, while six percent indicated they would vote in line with advice from family and friends.

About their demands from candidates, 73 percent said they wanted peace and stability, 41 percent called for educationinfo-icon facilities and 39 percent wished economic development.

Presenting the survey at a press conference, FEFA head Ahmad Nader Naderi said the survey showed most Afghans wanted inclusive and fair elections to elect a legitimate government.

He said despite fears about possible fraud and security among some people, still they were interested in the elections.

The survey said 68 percent of Afghans believed the country was heading in the right direction.

Naderi asked all candidates to respect the election law and cooperate with the electoral bodies in holding transparent elections.

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