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Make Saturday’s polls a success, Ghani urges Afghans

Make Saturday’s polls a success, Ghani urges Afghans

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Oct 18, 2018 - 19:25

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Asking people to enthusiastically participate in Saturday’s parliamentary elections, President Ashraf Ghani has said no government official, including him, has the right to interfere in the democratic exercise.

In a message ahead of the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon elections, President Ghani said on Thursday the campaigning period had ended and there would be elections nationwide except Ghazni province on Saturday.

The president said the Oct 20 elections were managed and led by the Afghans who would make the process a success with their unity.

“I expect our election workers, security forces and people will show the worldinfo-icon that they have the ability to make a national process a success.”

Ghani said the upcoming elections in Afghanistaninfo-icon were important in deciding the future of Afghan children and that was why the enemy was attacking election offices and gatherings.

“Unfortunately since the voter registration until now, a number of our national security forces, election officials, candidates and civilians were martyred. These are the martyrs of democracy. I pray for the departed souls. These were the people who saw a bright future for their country in peaceful competition and legal ways.”

The president said all barbaric and inhuman acts of the enemy could not prevent the Afghans from their journey to prosperity. He said the enemy was unable to change the will of the brave Afghan nation.

He said he had presided over a number of meetings relating to technical and security arrangements for the elections and he could say it with confidence that the elections would be historic, fair and transparent.

He said as per demand of the election commission, he approved the addition of biometric system for the sake of transparency in the elections.

He said the election body in addition to the use of biometric system had taken other measures to curtail interferences in the elections.

He said details of the other measures would be shared with the nation, civil societyinfo-icon and foreign and local observers by the election commission.

The president said those found guilty of electoral offenses would be dealt with in accordance with the relevant law.

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