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Nearly 950 polling stations out of govt’s control

Nearly 950 polling stations out of govt’s control

Mar 25, 2018 - 20:58

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Security officials on Sunday acknowledged 950 polling stations were out of government’s control and another 1,120 stations faced high security threat.

Lt. Gen. Murad Ali Murad, deputy interior minister, talking about  the security plan for elections in a meeting here, said all polling stations had been assessed by provincial governors, police chiefs, Afghan National Army (ANA) commanders and National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) and the results shared with the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon).

He said there was no security threat to 4,165 polling stations but 1,122 other stations were under medium and 1,120 stations under high security threats which needed operations and that security officials were jointly working on it.

The IEC has confirmed 7,355 polling stations in all 34 provinces after an assessment on November 29, 2017.

Murad said: “We do not have control over 948 out of 7,355 polling stations, we will share information and if no changes develop until the upcoming elections, we will suggest a solution.”

IEC officials said security threats were an issued related to security organs.

In response to a question about finding a solution to security threats, Murad said, “We are working for solving this problem and an operation codenamed ‘Nasrat’ would improve security in areas under security threats.”

He said transportation of electoral materials was impossible through land to some areas, therefore they should be transported by air.

However, ANA forces could not transport them and an alternative way or rental planes should be used for this task, he said.

Murad said presence of womeninfo-icon in ensuring security for upcoming election was important so they should be recruited in security ranks.

“But the MoI has no financial resources for this recruitment and the president should order the Ministry of Finance to allocate costs of female security personnel.”

Abdul Baday Sayyad, IEC chief, told a training program for registration of voters on Sunday that the commission would discharge its duty with all its ability and asked the international community to cooperate with the commission.

He said the voter registration process would start on April 24. The registration process would implement in two phases --- registration of voters in provincial capitals and in districts’ centers and villages, he said.



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