Afghanistan prepares for 2010 Parliamentary Election
Afghanistan prepars for 2010 Parliamentary election. More than 2500 candidates are campaigning for 449 seats in Afghanistan’s lower house of parliament, the Wolesi Jirga, The election is schedule for Saturday, September 18, 2010.
More than 2500 candidates are campaigning for 449 seats in Afghanistan’s lower house of parliament, the Wolesi Jirga, The election is schedule for Saturday, September 18, 2010.
There are about 10 million voters in Afghanistan. The UN estimates that some six million will head to one of the 6000 polling stations across the country. More than 280,000 Afghan soldiers and police are being deployed nationwide, backed by 150,000 foreign troops currently stationed in Afghanistan.
The election is viewed internationally as a test of President Hamid Karzai’s control of the 34 provinces that make up Afghanistan. At a press conference today Karzai told reporters that he hoped voters would turn out to the polls despite Taliban threats.
In a statement released earlier this week, insurgents suggested they have plans to disrupt what they called “an American process” and urged Afghans to “Stick to Jihad.”
Corruption is another major concern. Last year’s presidential election was widely viewed to have been marred by fraud. President Karzia, Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) and UN special envoy to Afghanistan, Staffan de Mistura, have acknowledged that the election likely "will not be perfect.”
Preliminary results are to be announced on 22 September, with the final results due on 31 October.