Afghanistan Lists Possible Candidates For September Polls
5 June 2005 -- Afghan officials have published the names of more than 6,000 candidates who want to run in parliamentary and local elections in September.
Some 588 of the 6,070 candidates are women, who were banned from public life under the former Taliban regime.
At least a quarter of all seats in both a new national legislature and provincial assemblies have been reserved for women.
Richard Atwood, chief of operations for the joint UN- Afghan election commission, said enough women have registered for the national legislature, but there is a slight shortfall for the provincial ones.
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