Voter turnout in the country is low after Taliban threats.
Press Release Service – Wired PR News – The Afghanistan presidential election saw low voter turnout in the south following threats from the Taliban. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), several attacks closed polling sites throughout the country, and militants threatened those who did show up to vote, which likely contributed to the low numbers.
President Hamid Karzai’s, whose chances may reportedly be hurt by the low turnout, is quoted by the AP as stating, “I request that the Afghan people come out and vote, so through their ballot Afghanistan will be more secure, more peaceful… Vote. No violence.”
The attacks have reportedly left some unable to take the election seriously. Presidential candidate Ramazan Bashardost, who ordered that it be stopped immediately upon trying to cast his vote, is quoted by the AP as stating, “This is not an election, this is a comedy.”
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