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Like other provinces, voter registration slow going in Balkh

Like other provinces, voter registration slow going in Balkh

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Jun 25, 2019 - 19:47

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Civil societyinfo-icon activists and residents said on Tuesday like some other provinces, the ongoing voter registration process has been sluggish in northern Balkh province as well.

Around 6,000 people have so far registered as voters in Balkh province for the upcoming presidential election.

However, the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) regional office in Balkh termed people’s participation in the voter registration process as ‘somehow good’.

Thirteen voter registration centres have been opened in districts and another 10 in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital.

Izzatullah Arman, IEC head for Balkh province, told Pajhwok Afghan News very less number of people had registered as voters in Chaharbolak and Chamtal districts of the province.

He said round 30 individuals in Chaharbolak and 140 people in Chamtal districts had registered as voters during the last 15 days for the upcoming presidential election.

Arman added around 6,000 individuals had been so far registered as voters across the province but said compared to the province’s security situation, it the turnout was somehow good as insecurity created hurdles to the process.

Arman said after Chaharbolak and Champtal districts, the voter registration process was slow going in Dawlatabad, Kashandi, Shortapa and Sholgar districts of the province.

He said due to insecurity, people participation in the voter registration process had been weak. He said Talibaninfo-icon militants had threatened people in some parts of the province not to take part in the process.

Meanwhile, Ghulam Rasool, a civil society activist in Mazar-i-Sharif, told Pajhwok that due to lack of public awareness and motivation, people evinced little interest in the voter registration process.

He said if the IEC did not extend the process, a large number of people would be left out in the ongoing voter registration process.

Mohammad Yousuf, a tribal elder of Chaharbolak district, said no one had registered as voter in their district so far in the ongoing voter registration process.

He said only 30 employees of the district had registered themselves in the process because they lived near the voter registration center. He also confirmed that Taliban had asked people not to take part in the process.

A number of other residents held similar views and urged the government to convince people first that the fate of the presidential election would not be like the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon election.

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