Security officials pledge to counter election threats
KABUL (TOLO News): Senior officials from the Defense and Interior ministries on Friday assured Afghans that a safe environment will be provided for the presidential election scheduled for September 28.
The remarks were made by Acting Interior Minister Massoud Andarabi and Deputy Defense Minister Yasin Zia in their trip to the northern province of Kunduz with the US and NATO forces commander, Gen. Scott Miller.
The Election Commission has evaluated 5,373 polling centers, with 431 of them to remain closed due to security threats.
The city of Kunduz was attacked by the Taliban late August, which left the country’s main highway closed for almost two weeks and disturbed the transfer of election materials to northern and northeastern provinces.
“We discussed with local officials the preparations of security forces to secure infrastructure projects and to retake areas [from the Taliban],” Andarabi said.
“We had productive discussions with provincial leadership on security for the election. Activities are ongoing based on the Election Commission’s schedule,” Zia said. “The Taliban has failed in their attempts and pressure on them [by security forces] will continue.”
Based on the Election Commission’s statistics, the polling centers that will remain closed are as follows:
31 centers in Badghis
29 in Badakhshan
89 in Balkh
12 in Baghlan
14 in Takhar
7 in Jawzjan
11 in Sar-e-Pul
20 in Samangan
66 in Ghor
46 in Faryab
11 in Farah
3 in Kapisa
7 in Kunduz
5 in Kandahar
20 in Nuristan
29 in Herat
31 centers in Maidan Wardak
Statistics by the Election Commission also show that almost 9.6 million people have registered to vote in the coming election.