The Kandahar police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq has said obtaining voter card is prerequisite for the acceptance of her/his application in the government institutions in Kandahar province.

Gen. Raziq visited the voter registration office in Kandahar on Tuesday to obtain voter ID for himself and his wife.

He instructed the government institutions not to accept any application from any individual who does not attach a copy of his voter ID together with a copy of the Tazkir (National Identity Card).

The Police Chief of Kandahar urged the residents of Kandahar to obtain voter cards as he emphasized that elections play a key role to elect the qualified individuals.

In parts of his speech, Gen. Raziq pointed towards the stance and statement of Taliban regarding the elections and said such claims are baseless that the foreigners are deciding regarding the outcome of the elections.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Saturday formally launched the voter registration for the upcoming parliamentary and district councils elections.

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials have confirmed October date for the Parliamentary and Districts Councils Elections.

The IEC officials said earlier this month that the elections will be held on 20th October, emphasizing that the participation of all political parties and institutions will help the commission to organize transparent and fair elections.

The international community will financially support the upcoming elections with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan saying, in December 2017, donors pledged to fund up to 90 per cent of the US$28.4 million voter registration budget, in addition to pledging ongoing assistance to the IEC and the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC).