Campaigning for the September 28 election ended on Thursday, and residents of Qala-e-Naw are disappointed that no candidates visited Badghis province in order to share an agenda.
“The campaigns were weak, and no candidates visited the province,” said Abdul Wasi, a resident of Qala-e-Naw. Another resident, Mohammad Sadiq added: “Nobody has explained their programs to the residents.”
A number of civil society activists in Badghis say the lack of presidential candidates in the province has made people doubtful about the seriousness of the elections. Compared to the last election campaign, this one was “very weak,” said Abdul Ghafoor Poya, a civil society activist.
“Candidates who are claiming leadership of the country have not shared any ideas in their campaigns with the public,” said Ali Mohammad Rahmani, religious scholar.
“Only two offices representing candidates for Badghis were active in the province; no other candidates had an office in Badghis to campaign for the people,” said Abdullah Afzali, the provincial council deputy.
During two months of campaigning, the candidates tried to explain their programs to the public; however, many Afghans say they don’t believe the candidates have any solid programs.