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Reducing number of polling stations unfair: activists

Reducing number of polling stations unfair: activists

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Dec 11, 2017 - 17:01

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Civil society activists on Monday said reducing the number of polling centers in eastern Nangarhar province was “an unfair and unprofessional decision.”

They expressed these views after a Pajhwok report revealed polling stations have been reduced in Nangarhar despite the influx of tens of thousands of refugees from Pakistan.

The civil society activists criticized the Independent Election Commission’s recent approach during a coordination meeting with journalists and human rights activists in Jalalabad city.

Shersha Hamdard, one of the meeting organizers, told Pajhwok Afghan News they invited journalists and civil society activists to strengthen coordination among them.

The participants discussed various issues related to human rights and shared their concern about the ongoing situation.

They also expressed concern about the IEC move to reduce polling stations in Nangarhar and slammed it as unfair and unprofessional decision.

A civil activist Dr. Niamtullah Hamdard said about 600,000 refugees had returned to Nangarhar during the past three years and despite the increased population, the IEC reduced the number of polling centers.

He said the IEC had either made the decision for political reasons or because of non-professionalism.

Another activist Rohullah Lalpurwal urged the IEC to review its decision and asked the government to monitor polling stations.

Last week, the IEC announced completing evaluation of voting centers and designating 7,355 polling stations nationwide.

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