Voter registration begins in eight cities across Afghanistan - UN

Voter registration begins in eight cities across Afghanistan - UN

Voter registration starts this week in eight cities across Afghanistan ahead of the country's national elections next year, according to the United Nations mission there.

A spokesman for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) told a press briefing yesterday in the capital Kabul that the registration will occur in schools in Kabul, Bamiyan, Jalalabad, Kunduz, Mazar-i-Sharif, Herat, Kandahar and Gardez, with separate sites for men and women to register.

Spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva said that every Afghan citizen who is 18 or older by 20 June 2004 is eligible to be a registered voter, adding that voter registration must be done in person.

General elections for the national parliament and the presidency are due to be held next year in Afghanistan. Last month a draft constitution for the war-ravaged nation was unveiled.