Afghanistan begins voter registration

IEC staff with Afghans at a voter registration centre in Jalalabad on May 26, 2013.

Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) says the registration of new voters for next year’s presidential election has kicked off across the country.

“Today we are happy to have launched the voter registration process,” Fazel Ahmad Manawi, the head of the IEC, said at a registration centre in Kabul.

Afghan officials say all citizens who have turned 18 or had previously not registered or lost their voter cards are included. Nearly 16 million voters have already signed up, and four million names are expected to be added to the list.

Registration will continue until two weeks before the Election Day, slated for April 5, 2014, the commission said. The presidential vote is set to be held on April 5, next year.

President Hamid Karzai will not be eligible to run in the race due to term limits.

However, there are fears over insecurity despite the presence of US-led forces that invaded the country in 2001 under the pretext of fighting terrorism.

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This article originally appeared on: Press TV