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Home | National | NUG leaders inaugurate ‘voter registration process’ in Kabul

NUG leaders inaugurate ‘voter registration process’ in Kabul

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President Ghani, CE Abdullah and First Lady Rula Ghani starting  voters’ registration  process President Ghani, CE Abdullah and First Lady Rula Ghani starting voters’ registration process
 KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, First Lady Rula Ghani and Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday officially launched the voter registration process and signed up to vote in the upcoming parliamentary and district council elections. 
Speaking on the occasion here yesterday, President Ghani said a big step has been taken for implementation of the elections’ law and the national constitution, adding the government was committed to holding elections on time.
“National Unity Government (NUG) has the will and commitment to hold transparent elections on due time,” said the president at the launch of the voters’ registration process. He also called on all Afghans eligible to vote to register themselves for the upcoming elections.
“I have not yet met any of the members of the elections commission alone. But I’ve discussed important issues with them in presence of international allies and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah,” the president added, saying that no interference in the work of the Independent Election Commission by any individuals, groups or parties will be allowed.
President Ghani said that the election commission must make sure elections are transparent.
“We expect that IEC officials should hold an impartial, transparent election without considering provincial, ethnic and religious interests,” President Ghani said. He also asked civil society activists, international organizations and political parties to monitor the elections process.
The president also praised efforts of the elections commission, security organs, population registration authority and provincial organs for easing the voters’ registration process.
Meanwhile, President Ghani reiterated the peace offer made in February to the Taliban and said they must end the war and register as a political group. He also said the Taliban should prepare themselves to take part in the elections adding that elections were meaning to end disagreements.
“Men and Women should seriously follow the registration process. As far as me and the first lady have registered our names, the process needed to ease the opportunity for all those Afghans eligible to vote,” the president noted.
According to another report, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah also registered for elections. 
Dr. Abdullah said that voter registration was one of the National Unity Government’s commitments regarding electoral reforms.
Dr. Abdullah emphasized that voter registration was a prerequisite for the public in order for them to participate in parliamentary, presidential, provincial and district council elections.He said no one will be able to vote if they have not registered. 
Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah called on the people to register, adding people need to make sure they register at the center where they will vote. “They will not be able to register at one center and vote at another.”
Earlier this week the IEC said the voter registration process will be broken up into three phases. 
In the first phase, those eligible to vote can register at IEC offices in provincial centers from April 14 to May 12. 
In the second phase, which starts from May 15 and continues through to May 28, the process will be carried out in the districts. In the third phase, which starts from May 28 to June 22, the voter registration process will be carried out in remote regions of the country.  
The IEC has estimated the cost of the voter registration process will be $30 million USD and it has hired over 11,000 people for the duration of the registration process. 
The IEC and the government have earmarked 7,300 polling centers across the country, however, nearly 1,000 of these centers are in areas out of government’s control.

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