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    Posted: 13-Oct-2018 at 9:10am
Postponed for over 3 years, Afghanistan’s election finally continues
Afghanistan’s election finally continues
The campaign period for legislative elections in Afghanistan finally began on Friday, September 28th 2018 after being delayed for three years. Before it was finally decided that the campaign period will be continued, there had been a series of deadly violence and claims about fraud had colored the debate over whether this election would continue or not.

More than 2,500 candidates will take part in the legislative election on October 20. This election is conducted as a trial for next year's presidential election. This election is also a milestone in Afghanistan ahead of UN meeting in Geneva. Because, the country is under pressure to show progress in its "democratic process".

But the preparations for this vote also continued to stir for months. Although the United Nations has taken the lead so that the organizers of the Afghan Election continue to go according to plan. The implementation of the election and the results of a credible calculation are threatened by failure by bureaucratic inefficiency, allegations of industrial scale fraud, and related to the problem of voter biometric verification.

This election can be "very flawed" as a Western diplomat explained to AFP this week. This reflects the pessimism of the entire international community in Kabul. It is this community that provides most of the funds for the election.

Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission insists that the election will continue whether using biometric machines or not. This machine is needed to prevent people from opposition groups to vote more than once.

Officials said that currently only 4,400 biometric identification machines are sent to Afghanistan. Though there are a total of 22,000 German-made machines ordered."They have promised (biometric verification machines) and they might do it, but will it succeed in eliminating fears? I doubt" the Afghan Analyst Network researcher Ali YawarAdili told AFP.


Death toll in Afghanistan election rally blast climbs to at least 22: officials


The number of people killed when a bomb went off at an election rally in northeastern Afghanistan has climbed to at least 22, officials said on Saturday.

The explosion happened in Takhar province where scores of people had gathered to listen to a speech by a woman standing as a candidate in the parliamentary polls on Oct. 20.

Jawad Hejri, spokesman for Takhar governor, said at least 22 people died and 36 were wounded in the attack, in Rustaq district.

Explosives had been placed on a motorcycle near the rally, which was to have been addressed by the candidate, Nazifa Yousufi Bek.

The victims included security officials and civilians, a local police official said, adding that the candidate was not at the rally at the time.

No militant group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. It is the third attack against the election campaign process this month.

Bek is one of 417 women contesting seats across the country, more than ever before.

Candidates, regardless of gender, are braving violence and opposition from social conservatives in a campaign seen as a test of the war-torn nation’s democratic institutions.

Seven candidates, all men, have been killed in separate attacks so far. Another two have been abducted, and four others have been wounded by hardline Islamist militants, election officials said.

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