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Date Set For Afghan Voter Registration

2 August 2004 -- Afghanistan's election commission announced today that voter registration for the October presidential elections will end on 15 August.

In a statement of the joint United Nations-Afghan run body, commission head Zakim Shah called on all Afghan citizens to play an active part in the democratization of Afghanistan by exercising their right and registering as voters.

Also today, U.S. President George W. Bush said that an overwhelming response to voters' registration showed Afghans were not intimidated by violence sparked by militants.

According to the UN, about 90 percent of the Afghan electorate, or about 8.7 million people, have signed up to vote in the 9 October poll.

The vote had been delayed from June because of slow progress disarming private armies.