Briefing reporters in Kabul, the Afghan capital, UNAMA spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva said that, as of yesterday, provisional figures showed that 3,949,528 Afghans had enrolled to vote so far. An average of almost 90,000 people is registering every day. The proportion of women has also increased to 35.8 per cent – up from 30 per cent a month ago and 16 per cent when the registration process began last December. This trend has occurred as registration has moved beyond eight major cities and into rural areas. At the same time, the estimate of the total number of eligible voters in Afghanistan has been revised down to 9.5 million from 10.5 million. Mr. de Almeida e Silva said authorities revised their figures after receiving detailed statistical data from more provinces. An exact number will not be available until after Afghanistan completes its next census, scheduled for next year. National presidential and parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place in September, and Mr. de Almeida e Silva said voter registration may be extended from its cut-off date of the end of this month, given the current steady stream of registrations. “The idea is to offer as many opportunities for as long as possible for as many Afghans as they wish to register,” he said.

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