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Faults continue to haunt voter registration

AT-KABUL: People are facing many problems in taking their national ID cards and registering to vote for the October legislative election, members of parliament said Sunday.

Parliament Speaker, Abdul Raouf Ebrahimi, said that the problems still remain unsolved, asking government to pay attention in this regard.

“People’s problems are unsolved in taking national ID cards that is important to vote in the election. I would like to call on the population registration department to solve their problems,” said Ebrahimi.

Two million paper ID cards have been issued since the beginning of the paper card distribution in February, according to the population registration department, that said it planned to issue 10 million paper ID cards.

Voter registration process began on April 14 countrywide and is still continuing. Some members of parliament also claim that there were discriminations and dual behaviors with the people in the registration branches.

They also said that the registration process was slow, while in some areas, there were no offices to register voters.

“The districts in Kabul are secure, but there is discrimination. In an area with 120,000 residents, only four people are registering people that are wasting people’s rights,” said Gholam Hossein Nasserri and Allah Gol Mojahed, members of parliament.

“The government and election commission should provide equal opportunities for the people, according the law.”

The independent election commission, however, rejects dual behaviors, saying that enough employees are sent to the secure areas.

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