Afghanistan’s women turn out to vote in historic presidential election


Reports are  mixed about how women are voting in the country’s first democratic transfer of power. Security is high and it is clear that in some areas women are flocking to the ballot box.

The Afghan Women’s Support Forum offers links to news organisations reporting events

TOLO NEWS – Minute by minute coverage for the elections – CLICK HERE

HUFFINGTON  POST  Election Coverage click HERE

BBC NEW – Election reporting CLICK HERE

Why voting is important – CLICK HERE

ITN coverage – CLICK HERE

Some key questions about the vote:

  • What are the main issues? A final security agreement with the USA is the most pressing issue. All other matters, from trying to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table to fighting corruption and the drugs trade, depend on this
  • Will the vote be free and fair? There is widespread concern about ballot stuffing and ghost polling stations – the kind of cheating that has marked every election since 2004
  • Is security a major logistical problem? Yes. The Taliban have vowed to disrupt the vote and there were a string of attacks leading up to it. But security at this election will be tighter than in previous votes
  • What happens if no-one wins? If, as expected, no candidate wins more than 50% of the vote, the two top contenders will go to a run-off on 28 May