Almost one and a half months after the start of the voter registration process, the Independent Election Commission said on Wednesday that hundreds of centers have not opened due to insecurity and lack of materials.
According to the commission, 461 centers are in areas under Taliban control.
The commission says it has 4,491 voter registration centers around the country of which 3,260 centers are open.
Meanwhile, 473 centers are closed due to security threats while 298 other centers have not received materials so far.
Neshin and Mianshin districts in Kandahar, Atghar and Daichopan districts in Zabul, Marjah district in Helmand, Gomal and Giyan districts in Paktia,
Kohistan district in Badakhshan, Murdian, Qarqin and Khumab districts in Jawzjan, Khas Uruzgan district in Uruzgan, 17 districts in Ghazni and 11 districts in Faryab are among areas which have not received voter registration materials.
“Fourteen days is the timeline for the arrival of materials (for voter registration centers),” said Maazullah Dawlati, operation and financial deputy head of IEC.
Meanwhile, the head of IEC Abdul Badi Sayyad on Wednesday at a ceremony with youth and security forces called on the Taliban to allow people to register and vote.
“We call on militants to give the people the opportunity to go to voter registration and polling centers,” he said.
“A democratic administration is committed to elections; therefore, elections is a must,” President Ashraf Ghani said at a ceremony.
A security official said at the event that government forces are ready to ensure the safety of elections.
“We assure all of you that we will leave no stone unturned to ensure the best environment for elections while keeping the principle of impartiality,” said Hasib Sediqi, head of the National Directorate of Security’s media office.
According to the IEC, more than 4.2 million people have registered to vote countrywide so far.