Atta Mohammad Noor, the executive director of Jamiat-e-Islami party and former Balkh governor, on Friday called on the public to support the elections and register to vote.
Noor said that in the past six days, 3,500 people have registered to vote in Balkh province, which he said was a poor show so far.
He said that between Saturday and Thursday 6,000 people in Balkh had applied for paper identity cards and 3,500 had registered to vote.
“Six thousand people have received ID cards, which is not enough, there are 3 to 3.5 million people in Balkh province, and 3,500 people went to the registrations center, indicating that people are still unaware (about registering),” Noor said.
Noor also criticized the Independent Elections Commission’s (IEC) and said: “The IEC did not carry out the necessary awareness campaigns.”
Noor urged religious scholars to encourage people to take part in the elections.
He said: “I ask each one of you to go and renew your ID cards and get ID cards, then register at the voter registration centers.”
A number of Balkh residents also believe that the public's participation in the elections is crucial, and that those who are eligible to vote should participate in the elections.
“Our people must go to the electoral sites and register themselves to use their voting rights in the election,” said Sayed Mustafa a resident of Balkh province.
“We can use a vote to choose the person who is effective in our life,” said Muska another resident.
“We today we do not take ID cards in fact, we play with our own fate, and we are doing a great injustice to ourselves,” said Jan Agha another resident.
According to IEC statistics, between Saturday and Wednesday, 113,924 people registered to vote across the country, of which 37,000 were women.
The Afghan government has repeatedly called on the people to register their names and to take part in the upcoming parliamentary and district council elections as well as next year’s presidential elections.