Women Could Play Influential Role in April’s Elections


Women make up close to half of the Afghan population, and despite issues in past elections, many of them seem determined to leave their mark on the upcoming presidential and provincial council elections – Saleha Sadat for Tolo News.

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) prides itself on the number of female voters it has registered this year, which is said to number around 1.2 million at this point. But that number is less than half of the men registered this year, and in past elections many female voters were forced to cast their votes in favor of the candidates their husbands, fathers or brothers preferred.

“In the past election when I was voting my dad asked me to vote for a specific candidate, but now I know that I have the right to chose myself who to vote for…someone who will serve the country,” Kabul resident Nadera Hamidi said.

Whether awareness is enough to get Afghan women voting independently remains to be seen, yet even average female residents, some of who have never voted before, appeared adamant about going to the polls on their own terms.

“My message to women at home is that voting is their right and they must not vote for someone else’s choice,” Farzana Amarkhail said.

Full report HERE.

Sunday, 16 March 2014 19:42Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 11:17Written by Saleha Sadat