HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): A number of residents of western Herat province on Wednesday complained about a lack of voter registration centres, asking the authorities to increase the number of such centres.
As the April 5 presidential and provincial council elections draw closer, enthusiasm among Herat residents is growing to participate in the national process. Presently, two voter registration centres are functional in Herat City.
Mir Ahmad, 35, a resident of Pul-i-Khaima Duzdan area in the eighth police district, said he had come to the registration centre at 5:35am, but he failed to obtain his voter card until 11am.
Another resident of Herat City, Abdul Rauf, said he could not get his card despite waiting for three hours. He called for opening more centres to address people’s inconvenience.
Roya Bahrami, another dweller, received her voter card, but after two days of wait. She urged the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to set up more registration centres to enable the blind to exercise their voting right.
On the other hand, residents of far-flung districts who visited the provincial capital to get their cards, grumbled about similar problems. Abdullah from Injil district said he had been trying for the past two days to get the voter card.
But Jamaluddin Bakhtiari, head of the voter registration centre, said they worked daily to issue voter cards to 750 people, including 300 women. He added they worked nine hour a day but the number of candidates was growing and hence the delay.