The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) on Monday said it will finalize the voter registration database within the next two days.
Election monitoring groups have meanwhile accused the IEC of poor leadership and mismanagement.
“The commission should have made the database very early so that the data would be directly entered in to the database and would be available to the people on the website,” said Yousuf Rashid, chairman of Free and Fair Election Commission Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA).
According to the IEC, over the past nine days, 291,000 people have registered to vote, of which 68,000 were women.
Forty eight thousand are Kuchis, said the IEC.
The IEC said last week it was being sent daily updates by email or by phone.
IEC officials meanwhile said from the total 1,400 voter registration centers across the country, 83 of these centers remain closed, including 20 in Kabul.
Lack of Public Confidence In Election Process
While the public’s lack of confidence in the election process continues, IEC officials have said the commission will use all available resources to rebuild people’s trust in the process.
On Monday, IEC members called on security institutions to take steps to ensure security was maintained at all election-related facilities.
This comes a day after a population registration office was targeted in a suicide bombing in Kabul. Almost 60 people were killed in the incident.
The IEC on Monday also called on religious scholars to step in and encourage the public to register for the upcoming elections.
“It is the responsibility of the people to vote for the right candidates; Ulema also have a responsibility to encourage the people to vote,” said head of the IEC Abdul Badi Sayad.
According to the IEC, security threats remain one of the key reasons behind the public’s unwillingness to register.
“I am confident that the people will register and the Ulema agree on holding the elections,” said one religious scholar Hayatullah Barakzai.
“Hajj ministry has signed a contract with the IEC based on which the Ulema will encourage the people at Friday prayers to vote,” said IEC member Maazullah Dawlati.
The IEC on Sunday announced the timeline for the country's parliamentary and district council elections which are due to be held in October.
According to the timeline, the voter registration process will end on June 12.
Based on the timeline announced by Sayad, registration of candidates for both parliamentary and district council elections will begin on May 26 and end on June 12.
A preliminary list of candidates will be announced on June 28 while the final list will be out on August 3.
The candidates can withdraw their nominations between June 29 and August 1.
The campaign for parliamentary elections will begin on September 28 and end on October 17, while that for district council elections will be between October 3 and October 17.
The final results of parliamentary elections will be announced on December 20 while the final results of district council elections will be on January 24.