Erada: Special policewomen unit to be set up
The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) has established the first Unit of Female Registration Security Police for Kabul. This new Unit, comprised of 26 women, also marks the establishment of the first women’s unit in the Ministry.
Since voter registration began, the MOI set-up a Registration Security Police (RSP) unit comprised of qualified and trained policemen and officers whose sole function is to protect registration sites, personnel and activities.
Until last Friday the all male RSP found it difficult if not impossible to body search female registrants. In some areas female teachers volunteered to carry out this task. Now it is expected that two female RSPs will be deployed to each of the women’s sites in Kabul.
A police-working group comprised of UNAMA, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) has been liaising with the MOI on the establishment of the female RSP unit. This group with support from the United States will now coordinate a 4-day training course for the 26 women consisting of police tactical training as well as a briefing on registration procedures. Upon completion the policewomen will be deployed in Kabul.
Erada: Kabul Municipality organises transport for women wishing to register to vote
In order to facilitate the voter registration process for women in Kabul, with its heavy traffic, the Kabul Municipality has organized the use of government buses to take women to registration sites throughout the city on February 10, 11 and 12.
On Tuesday, 10 February, buses in a number of districts will transport women to Ansari High School and Sayed Jamaluddin Teacher Training College. On Thursday, buses will take women to Bibi Sarwari-Sangari, High School, Microrayon Nursery School and Amina-e-Fedawe High School.
The latest registration figures show that 726,591 Afghans have now registered to vote. This breaks down into 567,352 men and 159,239 women.