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Preparations Made For Afghans To Vote Abroad

5 October 2004 -- The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has finished its preparations to help Afghan refugees in Pakistan and Iran vote in the 9 October Afghan presidential election.

The IOM said today that an estimated 740,000 Afghan refugees in Pakistan have signed up to vote in the election. Refugee-voter registration ended yesterday, after it was extended for a day.

The IOM official in charge of the preparations, Peter Erban, said in Kabul today that his organization had not had sufficient time to do as much as it would have liked to organize the refugees in Iran.

Voter registration has not taken place there, but Afghans have been told to bring their identity papers when they come to balloting stations.


For more on the Afghan elections, see RFE/RL and Radio Free Afghanistan's dedicated webpage "Afghanistan Votes 2004-05."