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IEC not satisfied with women’s turnout to contest polls

IEC not satisfied with women’s turnout to contest polls

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Jun 13, 2018 - 18:09

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) on Wednesday announced another 10-day extension in the voter registration process in districts, saying 2,396 people had nominated for Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon and 3,058 for district council elections.

The IEC chief, Abdul Baday Sayyad, told a press conference here that the voter registration process had been extended in districts by 10 days due to security problems and late transfer of electoral materials there.

Now the deadline for voter registration in districts is expected to end on Tuesday.

Sayyad said 1,555 of 2,887 polling stations had been opened as part of the IEC third phase plan and the voter registration process was ongoing there, but 434 polling stations faced high security threats while another 898 stations had been closed due to security concerns across the country.

Around one thousand polling stations transferred from second to third phase due to insecurity and the delay in materials arrival, he said.

Sayyad expressed concern about poor nomination of womeninfo-icon in district council elections and said so far 3,058 people with only 207 of them females had nominated themselves to contest the district council elections across the country.

About nominees for the Wolesi Jirga elections, he said that 2,396 people including 381 of them women had so far registered to contest the lower house polls.

“A number of possible Wolesi Jirga candidates on Tuesday submitted their documents to the IEC before 4pm and the number of candidates may increase,” he said.

He added the number of female candidates for Wolesi Jirga and district council elections was very limited in most of the provinces such as Uruzgan, Paktia, Paktika, Farah, Kandahar, Helmand, Badghis, Kunar and Laghman due to cultural restrictions and insecurity.

“Unfortunately women did not nominate for Wolesi Jirga and district council elections in most of the provinces and districts, particularly in remote and unstable areas,” he said.

Sayyad said the condition of high school certificate for a candidate for district council election was another reason of women’s low appearance for nomination.

He added the time for nomination in district council elections had also been extended for two more days due to poor participation of women and late transfer of electoral materials to districts.

The nomination process for district council elections is to end on Tuesday, June 12.

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