More Women in PaktiaLikely to Vote
GARDEZ – More women are likely to participate in the upcoming presidential and provincial council elections in southeastern Paktia province, realising importance of the ballot, local officials said on Monday. Women’s councils were active in 8 of the 13 districts of the province and thus females in far-flung districts would be able to vote, Women’s Affairs Director NasrinOryakhel told Pajhwok Afghan News.
She said they had arranged a series of workshops for women in different parts of the province to educate them on the importance of elections. In past polls, men voted on behalf of women, but many women had come to understand why they should exercise the voting right themselves, Oryakhel added.
A women’s right activist in Gardez, Jamila, urged Paktia women to participate in the elections and not to allow men to use their voting cards. She asked presidential and provincial council candidates to share their plans with women. An official of the electoral body, Sher Ali Faizi, said 45 percent of the 70,000 people who had received voting cards were women. (PAN)