Sept. 8, 2010, 9:11 a.m.
As part of it's ongoing coverage of the upcoming election in Afghanistan, The National Democratic Institute (NDI) has released an election update brief, which highlights observations form NDI's observation mission in the country. The brief contains information on the number of polling stations as well as Independent Election Commission (IEC) efforts to combat fraud. You can view the previous report here.
Although Afghanistan has 34 provinces, there are 35 parliamentary districts – one nationwide district is designated for the Kuchis, nomads who traditionally travel around the country changing locations with the seasons. For the 2010 elections, 52 Kuchi candidates – 10 female and 42 male – are running for the 10 Wolesi Jirga seats reserved for Kuchis (three of these seats are reserved for women). In 2005, more than 200,000 Kuchis cast votes at specially designated Kuchi polling stations. Kuchi candidates compete in one single nationwide electorate, and there are more than 900 Kuchi polling stations spread across 31 provinces.