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Experts predict votes required in Kabul to become MP

Experts predict votes required in Kabul to become MP

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Oct 22, 2018 - 20:23

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Experts predict a man Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon candidate can make it to the Wolesi Jirga if he secures at least 2,500 votes but a woman candidate needs 1,400 votes.

Of the 250 Wolesi Jirga seats, 33 are allocated to Kabul, in which nine seats are reserved for womeninfo-icon who could find their way to the parliament by securing the most votes among women candidates.

The remaining 24 seats are allocated for men who could grab them by wining the most number of votes.

According to the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon), more than 1.6 million people registered as voters in Kabul.

But Abdul Aziz Ibrahim, IEC spokesman said one million people polled their votes on the Election Day in Kabul, but some sources disputed the figures.

These sources predicted a man candidate in Kabul may collect the maximum 10,000 votes and a woman candidate 6,000 votes the maximum.

Habibullah Shinwari, head of the Election Transparency Watch Afghanistaninfo-icon (ETWA), accused the IEC of mismanagement and lack of administration on the Election Day and alleged many people registered as voters missed the chance to cast their votes.

Shinwari predictd 700,000 voters might have been cast in capital Kabul, adding most of the people were deprived of voting due to lack of proper management by the IEC and non-availability of voter lists.

He said looking at the situation in Kabul a man candidate might get maximum 10,000 votes.

He said 804 candidates contested the Wolesi Jirga elections from Kabul and one could pave his way to the lower house by securing 2,000 votes.

According to Shinwari, in Kabul a woman candidate may secure 6,000 votes the maximum but said a woman candidate may win the lower house seat with over 1,000 votes.

Adam Khan Serat, an election expert and former employee of the IEC, said 500,000 of the total 1.6 million registered voters in Kabul cast their votes.

He said non-availability of voter lists and closure of some polling stations brought down the turnout on the polling day.

He said was is possible no man candidate might get more than 6,000 votes and a woman candidate maximum 4,000 votes.

He predicted in Kabul a man candidate needed at least 3,000 and a woman candidate needed 1,900 votes to succeed in the polls.

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