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Ulema’s active role required in voter registration process

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Ulema’s active role required in voter registration process
 Afghanistan’s religious scholars, known as Ulema, play an important role in setting moral and ethical standards for their communities. They often work as peace brokers, and are respected leaders at all levels of society, exerting influence on local community decisions.
The voter registration process for the upcoming parliamentary and district council elections begun last week, butthere are serious concerns over slow-paced process of registration and the Independent Elections Commission blamed for not conducting seminars and other awareness creating programs regarding the registration process.
Therefore, President Ghani on Thursday chaired a meeting that called on religious scholars, civil society, women’s networks and all to work for creating awareness among the people about registering themselves to vote in provincial capitals and districts.
After comprehensive talks, the meeting finally decided that besides the government, Ulema, civil society and women’s networks should work together for spreading awareness about the voter’s registration in provincial capitals and districts.
Indeed, Afghans don’t want to go back to the dark days, where they witnessed almost four decades of devastating war which led to destruction of the country’s infrastructures and martyring of millions of people. But to avoid such circumstances, they need to safeguard the nascent democracy and register their names today to vote for the desired candidate tomorrow.
Meanwhile, at the current scenario, the Islamic scholars and Ulema can play a key role to raise awareness among the people and counter the growing radicalism in Islamic countries, especially in Afghanistan. They must come forward and boldly speak out against the suicide attacks and others forms of terrorism in which civilians are killed and persuade the masses to actively take part in the democratic processes.
In Afghanistan, the religious figures have considerable influence among the public particularly in rural areas where the Taliban attract their recruits the most and carrying out illegal activities. If the government of Afghanistan and the Ulema Council manage to promote a more effective anti-Taliban and anti-terrorism campaign targeting the group’s legitimacy, the mainstream supporters of the Taliban will start shrinking and the Taliban will gradually lose their legitimacy. 
Terrorism and extremism are the greatest challenges facing the Muslim Ummah today and therefore it becomes the responsibility of the Islamic thinkers, scholars and Ulema to counter those wrong interpretation and misuse of Islamic codes. Islam itself gives a person the choice to vote and supports those processes which leaders are being elected by the people, subject to sharia and committed to practicing “shura”, which is Arabic for “consultation.”
Therefore, Afghans must not turn blind eye that hater being spread in the name of religion by the Taliban and other militants and it’s the duty of the Ulema not only in Afghanistan but across the world, to free it from hate and violence and restore peace and stability in the region. They are also required to encourage the people to value the democratic process. 
The national Unity Government leaders believe that religious scholars have vital role in achieving the goal of peace, prosperity and development in the country and no one can deny their role in such a war which is being fought misusing the religious believes.