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Daikundi women ahead of men in voter registration

Daikundi women ahead of men in voter registration

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Jun 03, 2018 - 17:09

NEILI (Pajhwok): So far 83,000 people, including 45, 000 of them womeninfo-icon, have registered as voters in central Diakundi province, the provincial Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) says.

Provincial IEC acting chief Halako Ansari told Pajhwok Afghan News that the large number of women registering as voters was encouraging, however most of the women lacked ID cards.

But due to recent arrival of Tazkera distribution teams, a large number of women in Daikundi were able to obtain their paper ID cards, Ansari said.

He said most of the men in Daikundi had jobs in other provinces and attaching stickers to their ID cards might land in them in trouble. “That’s why men are behind women to register as voters.”

Rukhshna, 45, who had already registered as voter in one of the registration centre said she had registered in registration process to be able to vote in upcoming polls for someone who could serve the people.

The lady has lost her young son who was serving in police one year back said: “This is the desire of every mother not to see more sons to be martyred. I want all mothers to take part in election and cast their vote so that peace could prevail in the country.”

Masuma, a young lady who registered as voter, said participation in election was the responsibility of every citizen and this right should be properly utilised.

“We want to vote credible individual who could defend the rights of women and the only way to do so is election.”

On the other hand, civil societyinfo-icon activists said the voter registration in Daikunsi had been slow due to the lack of public awareness, misunderstanding about stickers and lack of Tazkera distribution teams.

Rahmatullah Shariti, a civil society activist, termed participating in the voter registration process as vital and demanded voter awareness programs across the province.

Meanwhile, a number of women activists praised their large scale participation in the voter registration but added women still lacked freedom to cast their votes to their favorite candidates.

Marzia Shafie, a civil society activist, urged all people to take part largely in the upcoming polls.

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