Right to vote
The Taliban are not the only people who are unhappy with the elections. An Afghan media outlet reported that people with disabilities have been complaining that none of the 11 presidential candidates has announced any policy on promoting their civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights. The views were expressed at a gathering arranged by the Social and Culture Association of People with Disabilities at the provincial office of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission in Mazar-i-Sharif.
The association head, Syed Mohammad Yazdan Parast, complained that all candidates were yet to speak about the social and economic problems faced by the disabled. Yazdan Parast also accused the provincial government of denying the disabled their due rights, saying the country’s laws reserved five percent quota of government jobs for the disabled, but the provincial administration had been denying this.
A political science student at Balkh University, Mohammad Mukhtar said that people with disabilities were found in most families in Afghanistan because of the decades-long conflict. Each disabled person has the right to vote and their votes could help a candidate emerge as victorious.