Last week’s Afghan presidential election has officials scratching their heads, four days later, regarding the historical low voting turnout and fearing cases of fraud. However, the primary challenge officials encountered stems from the destruction of cell towers by the Taliban, reported The New York Times.
The country’s expanding cellular
network — including 6,000 towers serving nearly 90 percent of the
population — is moving Afghanistan towards modernization and growth.
Yet, last week’s tampering prevented
voting officials from communicating with election workers. The violation
of the networks also led to fear and intimidation for the people in the
affected areas, according to the Times.
“The dysfunctional communication
network created lots of problems, especially during polling day,” said
Muhibullah Muhib, a police spokesman in Farah Province. “You are not
aware of the situation, and you cannot be aware of incidents and the
turnout.” Continue Reading