On October 20, millions of Afghans are set to defy threats, insecurity, and fears of electoral fraud as they prepare to vote in crucial, twice-delayed parliamentary elections, which have already been marred by deadly attacks on political rallies that have killed at least ten candidates.
The elections have been delayed for one week in Kandahar province, the birthplace of the Taliban, following the October 18 assassination of General Abdul Raziq, a powerful provincial police commander and intelligence chief of the province.
With reporters on the ground throughout Afghanistan, including in Kandahar, Radio Azadi, RFE/RL's Afghan Service, has provided its Pashto and Dari speaking audiences with comprehensive coverage of the election campaign.
RFE/RL experts are available to comment, before, during and after the election:
- Hamid Mohmand, Kabul Bureau Chief, Radio Azadi (in Kabul; English, Dari, Pashto)
MohmandHA@rferl.org , +93.202.300.143
- Frud Bezhan, Senior Reporter, RFE/RL Central Newsroom (in Prague; English, Dari)
BezhanF@rferl.org , +418.104.22.1685; Twitter: @FrudBezhan
- Abubakar Siddique, Journalist and Author, RFE/RL Gandhara website (In Prague; English, Pashto)
SiddiqueA@rferl.org, +422.214.171.124; Twitter: @sid_abu
Find RFE/RL Experts at https://pressroom.rferl.org/p/6111.html
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