The National Unity Government leaders have asked religious scholars, civil society activists and women to encourage people to register to vote.
The request was made at a meeting at the Presidential Palace on Thursday between government leaders and cabinet members, representatives of a number of political parties, civil society activists and members of the Independent Election Commission.
“A session was held at ARG (Presidential Palace) to discuss improvements in the voter registration process. In this meeting, religious scholars, women’s networks and civil society activists were asked to cooperate in raising awareness among the people (voter registration process and elections),” Durani Waziri, deputy spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani said.
CEO Abdullah Abdullah’s spokesman Mujib Rahman Rahimi meanwhile said only those who register their names will be able to vote in the upcoming elections.
“We hope that a big number (of people), an absolute majority, should come and register. Elections will be held based on the number (of people) who have registered,” Rahimi said.
Rahimi did not however elaborate.
In another event on Thursday, a former senior official said he has some concerns about issues around the next elections.
“I have concerns about security and political administration but there are serious questions about the (upcoming) presidential elections and about transparency of elections,” former vice president Mohammad Younus Qanooni said.
Meanwhile, the Japanese Ambassador to Kabul Mitsuji Suzuka said his country will give Afghanistan about $13 million USD for the elections.
“One of the most important cooperation (projects) we will do this year is support the elections,” the ambassador told TOLOnews.
The Afghan government has repeatedly called on the people to register their names and take part in the upcoming parliamentary and district council elections as well as next year’s presidential elections.