Women’s active role in poll process urged

BAMYAN CITY (PAN): Civil society activists of central provinces on Saturday voiced their concern over women’s lukewarm participation in the lection process, asking the government to facilitate females to get voter cards.
There were certain problems for women that restricted their role in the election process, civil society activists from Bamyan, Ghor and Daikundi provinces said at a press conference in Bamyan City.
Civil Society and Human Rights Coordinator in Bamyan Mohammad Ismail Zaki said the polls should be conducted on schedule. They were trying to ensure every citizen was granted the right and chance to vote for the candidate of their choice, he added.
Access to remote areas of the provinces was a common problem and elections would take place at a time when there would be a lot of snow, preventing residents from visiting polling stations, said another activist, Masooma Mohammadi.
Fewer mobile voter registration centres was another problems for the people, especially for women, who they could not travel 100 kilometres to get the cards, she argued.
Another issue is the presence of armed groups that are warning residents of the province against getting voter cards, according another civil society member from Ghor province, Mohammad Hassan Hakimi.
In a unanimously passed resolution, the activists asked the international community to cooperate with the election process, besides urging the government to facilitate women’s participation in the polls.
The four-article resolution asked political parties to help take voters to polling centres during elections. Women’s rights activists were urged to launch awareness campaigns about women’s in the democratic exercise.

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