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Women make majority of 4.5m new registered voters

Women make majority of 4.5m new registered voters

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May 31, 2018 - 18:29

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Population Registration Department (PRD) on Thursday said around 4.5 million people, mostly womeninfo-icon, have obtained their Tazkira (paper identity cards) during the past five months to participate in the upcoming polls.

Hamayun Mohtat, PRD head, told a press conference here that women made 62 percent of the around 4.5 million people obtaining Tazkira across the country since January 21.

The PRD started a special Tazkira distribution process for people eligible to participate in elections.

Mohtat said the process would continue until July 21 and the number of people obtaining their ID cards would probably reach 10 million.

About fake ID cards allegations, Mohtat said a Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon member last week claimed a large number of fake Tazkira had been distributed in some parts of the country.

However, he said such claims without evidence showed the person’s weakness.

Mohtat said making fake ID cards was an issue that existed in all countries and the PRD had identified 1,100 such ID cards which involved by ordinary people or some PRD officers.

The cases of fake ID cards had been shared with the relevant organs, he said.

The Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon), while announcing the election schedule, had said that the first phase of voter registration would start in provincial capitals from April 14 to May 12, the second phase in districts from May 12 to May 28 and third phase would start in villages from May 28 to June 12.

The Wolesi Jirga and district council elections are scheduled for October 20.

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