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70,000 Afghan forces deployed for election security

70,000 Afghan forces deployed for election security

Oct 20, 2018 - 11:49

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Government spokespersons on Saturday said 70,000 security forces were assigned with election security across Afghanistaninfo-icon and urged people to exercise their right to enfranchise.

The spokespersons of the defense, interior, womeninfo-icon’s affairs and educationinfo-icon ministries and the Independent Directorate of Local Governance addressed a joint press conference at the government’s media center in Kabul.

Voting in the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon elections formally began at 7:00 am Saturday morning throughout the country except Ghazni and Kandahar provinces.

Najib Danish, Ministry of Interior (MoI) spokesman, said 20,000 polling stations were open and secured by 70,000 security and defense forces.

He said the situation was under control nationwide and terrorists should know they were confronting 30 million Afghans.

Danish said some technical issues that existed in some remote areas had been resolved. “We will announce now many people voted after the process ends,” he informed.

Syed Ghafoor Ahmad Javed, Ministry of Defense spokesman, reassured strict security of polling stations and said electoral materials had been delivered to 32 provinces and its districts.

Syed Shah Sqeem, IDLG spokesman, said the voting process in 32 provinces of the country continued without any security issue so far.

He said governors and their deputies used their votes and urged people to exercise their vote right.

The Education Ministry’s and Women Affairs Ministries spokespersons also called on voters, especially women, to use their votes and take part in the national process.

President Ashraf Ghani polled his vote started at 7am in Kabul.


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