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IEC eyes appointing more women employees in upcoming polls

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Concerning about women challenges before women in far-flung areas in upcoming parliamentary polls, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday said that further facilities and employment opportunities would be provided for women to overcome the problems in next election.

The IEC chairman, Yusuf Nuristani, said that they were struggling to increase the number of women employees of election panels in the upcoming parliamentary election district councils’ polls.

He told a gathering in Kabul that women played vital role in the past election, and they did not commit fraud.  Nuristani vowed to train and employ more women in a bid to prevent fraud in upcoming election.

He said women faced several problems in remote areas, adding that insecurity and family disagreements were the main that impede them to participate in election.

The IEC secretary, Aurangzeb, said that at least 13 percent of staffers working for provincial council were election were women, adding that during the past election they were failed to appoint women employees for more than 2,000 polling sites countrywide.

The IEC commissioner, Gulalai Achakzai, said that women were interested in achieving their rights in lines with Islamic and Afghan culture. She prodded the government to increase women’s role in the new cabinet.

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