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Weesa bans officials from backing candidates

Weesa bans officials from backing candidates

Oct 24, 2013 - 16:42

KANDAHAR (PANinfo-icon): The Kandahar Security Council has directed military and civilian organs not to support or work for candidates vying in the upcoming elections.

Governor spokesperson Jawed Faisal told Pajhwok Afghan News the decision came at the Security Council meeting, chaired by Governor Tooryalai Weesa.

The governor told the meeting participants security forces or local administration should stay away from political activities and rather focus on security to protect people and maintain their constitutionally mandated duties.

It is the prime responsibility of military and civilian officials to ensure a level playing field for all candidates in order to have transparent and independent elections, he added.

“Working for a particular candidate or safeguarding his/her interests is against the established rules and regulations, which should be strictly followed,” the governor told the participants.

Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) officials, who attended the meeting, thanked Kandahar authorities for their support in holding the April polls in a free and fair environmentinfo-icon.

Provincial election commission deputy, Muhammad Rahim Ahmadi said with hard work done by the provincial authorities, Kandahar emereged the second province registering the most voters.

Weesa appreciated security forces for maintaining tight security during Eid days, saying Kandaharis had been able to celebrate the festival without any big mishap.

Security forces should maintain a high alert and discourage the trend of puppy cultivation, he said, adding wells irrigating puppy crops should be stopped.

Multiple decisions had been taken during the course of the meeting and the participants discussed opening of Ghorak district road and removing mines from routes planted by insurgents.



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