Voters being Registered for 2009 Polls

KABUL, October 6 (AP): Afghanistan began registering voters Monday for next year's presidential polls.

Officials hope to register millions of new voters for the fall 2009 polls, said Zekria Barakzai, spokesman for the Independent Election Commission.

President Karzai is seeking a second term, and elections will also be held for 34 provincial assemblies.

Afghanistan has already conducted two sets of elections since 2001.

Presidential elections were held in 2004 and parliamentary elections took place in 2005.

Voter registration will take place in four phases and should end by February, Barakzai said.

Some 12.6 million people were registered for the previous elections.