Afghan voter registration extended amid violence
KABUL – Agence France-Presse
A deadline for Afghans to register to vote in the Oct. 20 legislative elections has been extended, officials said on May 11, as figures show hundreds of civilians have already been killed or wounded in poll-related violence.
Enrolment for the long-delayed parliamentary and district council elections began on April 14 and was originally scheduled to finish in mid-June. By May 10, just over 1.5 million adults had signed up to vote, a spokesman for the Independent Election Commission (IEC) told AFP - a fraction of the 14 million it had hoped to register during the two-month process.
There are fears that a low turnout could erode the credibility of the elections, which are seen as a test run for next year’s presidential poll.
The vote was supposed to be held in 2015 but has been repeatedly pushed back due to security fears.