26 July 2013,
Kabul : Afghan refugees in Pakistan on Friday demanded that the Afghan government and Independent Election Commission (IEC) should set-up voters' registration centers in Pakistan, so that they could also participate in the electoral process of Afghanistan.
However, the IEC said that opening registration centres in Iran and Pakistan depends on the availability of funds with the Commission. Due budget constraints the Commission expressed its fears of not being able to open the registration centres in these countries.
Over a million Afghan refugees are living in Pakistan and they urged the Afghan government and IEC to open voters' registration centres in the country so that the refugees could cast their vote in the 2014 Presidential and Provincial Councils' elections. 'I request the IEC to set up voters' registration centers in Pakistan so that the refugees could cast votes and participate in the upcoming elections,' said an Afghan refugee in Pakistan.
In spite of severe budget constraints, the head of the IEC Secretariat said that talks are going on between the officials of the Commission but, so far, no decision has been made on the matter.
Courtesy : Tolo News