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Insecurity shuts 169 voter registration centers in Ghazni

Insecurity shuts 169 voter registration centers in Ghazni

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Jun 16, 2019 - 19:01

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Election officials say nearly 160 voter registration centers have been shut due to security issues in southern Ghazni province.

Nazer Hussain Nabizada, in charge of public awareness programs at the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) in Ghazni, told reporters on Sunday that 406 places were designated as voter registration centers in the province but 159 of them could not be open due to security problems.

He expressed concern that many people would deprive of getting their vote cards if the situation did not improve in Ghazni.

The IEC head for Ghazni, Abdul Nasir Mohmand, said they had received a letter from the provincial Educationinfo-icon Department, requesting them to shift voter registration centers from schools to somewhere else.

“I am now working on finding proper places to shift voter registration centers from some schools there,” he said.

He said the IEC had transferred election materials to all districts except Giro, Jaghato, Nawa and Ajiristan. He said elections would not take place in the mentioned districts due to security problems there.

Nawa district of Ghazni has been under Talibaninfo-icon’s control over the past 16 years.

On the other hand, Mohammad Arif Noori, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that security situation in the province had improved compared to the past.

Citing an example, he said Afghan forces were recently able to recapture Khwaja Omari and Deh Yak districts of the province from the Taliban.

He said local officials were trying to maintain security in unstable districts before the presidential election.

The presidential election is scheduled for September 28. Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon elections were not held in Ghazni due to serious security problems.

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