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women votersKabul, 22 June 2013 - In light of low female turn out during the voter's registration process, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said that considering present situation the Commission is jointly working with political and civil society entities to fight this problem. And, as a result of the efforts a one percent increase in female turnout for voter's registration has been recorded.

 

 

According to the Commission's report, until now 62,423 Afghans including 13,000 women have been registered for voting in the upcoming elections. The number of women receiving their voting IDs has increased by over one percent when compared to the previous election data. Previously, several women rights organizations had expressed their concerns over low female turn out during the registration process but the IEC assured saying that said that it has adopted a new policy in coordination with the Ministry of Women, political parties and civil society entities to encourage women to participate in this process. The IEC is also conducting several public outreach programmes to increase the female turnout. Noor Mohammad Noor, Spokesperson of the IEC said, "Since the start of registration process until now 62,423 people including 13,000 women have registered their names. The number of women receiving their voting IDs has increased by over one percent when compared to the previous election data. This Commission is trying to encourage women to get registered through public outreach programmes." Supervising and conducting the elections is among the priorities of the IEC. The Commission is expected to distribute "letter of credence" for 300,000 national and international observers and according to this Commission, until now around 40 organisations have contacted the Commission for receiving the "letter of credence". "So far, about 40 institutions have contacted the Commission for obtaining 'letter of credence' and for 255 representatives of these institutions, 'letter of credence' has been issued. They will supervise the day to day election activities. And as observers they will supervise the election process," Noor Mohammad Noor, Spokesperson of the IEC said. It is being said that the process of distribution of voting IDs will continue until two weeks before the "election day". The Presidential and Provincial Councils elections will be held on 5 April 2014.