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Govt asked to boost security ahead of polls

Govt asked to boost security ahead of polls

Oct 08, 2013 - 15:42

GHAZNI CITY (PANinfo-icon): Elders, residents and public representatives on Tuesday asked the government to improve the security environmentinfo-icon in southern Ghazni province ahead of next year’s historic presidential vote.

The call came at a gathering in Ghazni City, the provincial capital, attended by a number of tribal elders and youth. They asked the authorities to take stringent measures to ensure a good turnout in the April 5 polls.

The landmark elections are seen as crucial for Afghanistaninfo-icon's future and continued international aid to the country.

Khalil Hotak, a tribal elder and member of the Ghazni Peace Committee, told the audience: “We want a peaceful transition from one elected leader to another through a fair vote, which is possible when there is security.”

He asked Ghazni residents to exercise their right to vote in favour of a candidate of their choice.

Ali Khel, who heads a local council in Maqur, said Ghazni dwellers knew the importance of the elections and were enthusiastic to vote for a preferred presidential runner.  

The departments concerned should ensure the environment was suitable and polling stations accessible to voters in rural areas in a bid to have a satisfactory turnout and transparency, he opined.

A female member of the provincial council, Gulistani, asked Ghazi people to allow their womeninfo-icon to obtain voter cards, saying a large numbers of women were deprived of the cards due to insecurity and cultural barriers.

She said females needed to be assured a safe and secure environment during the elections.



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