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KABUL, Aug. 15 (Xinhua)-- The number of Afghans who have newly registered to vote in the coming elections has exceeded 300,000 over the past two months, a local newspaper reported Thursday.

The registrations are for those who would turn 18 before April next year and have previously not registered or those who have lost their voter cards.

"More than 300,000 people have so far been registered for the April 5 presidential and provincial councils' elections," the English newspaper Daily Outlook wrote.

Citing the election commission's spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor, the newspaper added that out of those receiving voter cards in this period, 70,000 are women and 3,000 are Kuchis or nomads.

The first phase of voter registration was launched on May 26 at provincial capital level and the second phase began at district and village level on July 27.

Afghanistan's third presidential election is set to be held on April 5, 2014 and anyone above 18 years old has to register and use his or her franchise according to the constitution of the land in the post-Taliban country.

In the second presidential elections which was held in Aug. 20, 2009 in the post-Taliban country, some 7 million out of more than 11 million eligible voters used their franchise to elect the country's president.

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