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Foreign diplomat: Low turnout will affect legitimacy of Afghan govt.

AT News Report

KABUL: A foreign diplomat has alleged that the low turnout in the September 28th presidential election would undermine legitimacy of the Afghan government.

Bhadra Kumar, a former Indian ambassador to Turkey, on Sunday warned that the results of election would cause severe political and security problems in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, some Western diplomats also say that people showed less interest in this time election which would weaken the next government regardless who wins the election.

The Afghan presidential election was expected to strengthen international record. This was the poorest election in the world and voters were not interested, while seven million people voted in 2014 polls, Western media said in their articles.

The Washington Post wrote in an article that Afghans did not trust their political leaders who are busy in personal difference, so they did not vote in the fourth presidential polls.

The Guardian writes that only 25 per cent of qualified Afghans used the rights of their votes. This British newspaper adds that 70 per cent of Afghans voted in the first presidential election held in 2004. It writes that since then, people’s interests went down as the two frontrunners of the 2014 polls were in clashes for power.

It said that low turnout in the big cities has caused doubt about high participation in the rural areas, more people voted in the areas where clashes were continuing between the government forces and Taliban.

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