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Elections to get country out of crisis: Khost women

Elections to get country out of crisis: Khost women

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Jul 15, 2019 - 18:48

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): A number of womeninfo-icon in southeastern Khost province on Monday at a gathering demanded the September presidential election to be held on the given date because the ballot could get the country out of its current crisis.

The gathering organized by Ron Fikr Women’s Association in Khost believed elections were the only way to rescue the country from the ongoing crisis.

Safia Safi, leader of the association, told the gathering that they had started an awareness-creating campaign with the help of the provincial Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) so more women could participate in the Sept 28 election.

“We organized today’s gathering so women know the importance of election and they choose their own fate,” she said.

Participants of the meeting said despite a lukewarm turnout of the women to register in the voter registration process, they still believed their votes would not go in waste.

Zarghona, a participant of the meeting, said vote was the right of both men and women and if they used their vote properly, it would bring positive changes to the societyinfo-icon.

“All women whose age is 18 years should go alongside men to polling stations and confidently use their votes, it would bring us ease if we use our right to vote the good way,” she said.

Kamila, another participant, asked the IEC to launch the voter registration process again, saying the previous process was for a short period and many women were deprived of obtaining their voter cards.

“Many of our sisters were not able to take their voter cards, the IEC should launch the voter registration process again if possible,” she said.

Meanwhile, IEC officials in Khost hope women’s participation would be higher in the upcoming presidential election compared to the previous election.

Sahibuddin Zadran, in charge of public awareness program in IEC in Khost, while talking to the women’s meeting, said that many women after taking part in awareness programs realized why they should participate in election and use their votes.

“Women now understand their votes are fateful both for them and the country, so we are hopeful there would be more women voters in the next presidential election,” he said.

The next presidential election is scheduled for September 28. According to the IEC, presidential campaign would begin 10 days later, on July 26.

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