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Biometric devices to be used offline, says IEC

Biometric devices to be used offline, says IEC

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Oct 10, 2018 - 20:28

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) on Wednesday said biometric devices will be used offline and no one would be allowed to take smart phones inside polling stations on the Election Day.

IEC spokesman Syed Hafeezullah Hashimi told a press conference here that the process of transferring biometric sets and voter lists to provinces would be completed in the next two days.

He said so far the biometric sets and voter lists had been dispatched to Farah, Badghis, Helmand, Nimroz, Herat, Zabul, Kandahar and Uruzgan provinces.

Hashimi added Badakhshan, Baghlan, Kunduz, Daikundi, Ghorinfo-icon, Takhar, Paktika and Bamyan provinces would get biometric sets and voter lists today and the rest would receive them until Friday.

Hashami further added the biometric sets could be used both online and offline, but lack of internet facilities and technical teams in some provinces, it would be used offline.

He also said security forces would not allow anybody to take their smart phones inside polling stations.

But Kubra Rezae, IEC deputy spokesman, camera phones were banned after rumors some candidates were trying to buy votes.

He said an agreement had reached with parties that $50 would be given to election observers before vote and $50 after the voting after they brought pictures of candidates they voted for.

According to his information, until now they have distributed trust letters among 53 institutions, including political parties, electoral watchdogs, civil societyinfo-icon, candidates and media persons.

He emphasized that 2100 observers from political parties, above 38, 000 media observers, 330 election watchdogs observers, more than 12, 000 civil society observers and nine international observers had already received the cards.

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