Right to vote

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

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.

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