The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday said the registration process for parliamentary election candidates ended on Tuesday at 4pm local time.
According to the IEC, by Monday, a day before the deadline, 940 candidates had submitted their nomination papers to the election commission.
Wasima Badghisi, operational deputy head of the commission, said the candidates registration process for district council elections has been extended for two days due to low registration turnout of women. To date 1,014 candidates have nominated themselves.
“The reason why the district council candidates registration process has been extended is that in lots of districts in different provinces there are not enough women candidates so far,” said Badghisi.
The registration process in the provincial capitals also wrapped up on Tuesday, at 1pm local time.
The voter registration process in the district centers ended a few days ago and currently only the registration process in villages is underway.
According to the IEC, over six million people have registered to vote in the upcoming elections.
“The third phase of voter registration is a good chance for those people in the provinces who want to participate in the elections but have not had the chance to participate in the registration process (in first and second phases),” said Badghisi.
In the meantime, Afghanistan Organization of Development Studies, released findings of a survey on the elections.
The survey was carried out in 24 provinces and 3,040 people responded.
Of these, 48 percent said they were optimistic about the elections and 68.9 percent said they will participate in the elections.
The survey found that only 37 percent of the respondents said they believe that government will actually hold the elections.
According to the survey report, 83 percent of respondents believe that elections is the best option for the transition of political power.