Interior Ministry says security problems around the election process will be resolved once their plan is implemented.
Interior Ministry Assesses Plan For Election Safety
The Ministry of Interior has assessed details regarding a security plan for elections for insecure areas.
The interior ministry’s spokesman Najib Danish said security challenges will be resolved once the plan is enforced.
“We have security problems at district levels to some extent, but we have worked on a plan on how to maintain security at voter registration centers in districts, especially in insecure districts,” he said.
The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) on Monday said currently almost 26 percent of voter registration centers have not yet opened in various regions of the country.
According to the IEC, from the total number of 5,121 voter registration centers in districts, 607 centers are closed on a permanent basis.
Based on IEC statistics, election material has also not yet been sent to 410 centers in 41 districts.
Over 20 percent of the centers will not open due to security threats, said Ezmarai Qalamyar, head of operations at the IEC.
According to the IEC, 354 centers face serious security threats.
“Election materials have not been sent so far to 410 centers and these 410 centers are located in 41 districts; the majority of these centers are in Ghazni; as you know, Ghazni has 17 districts where 132 centers have been established. The problems which occurred there, have not been resolved so far and material has not been sent there; we will send the remaining material by air to 24 districts, which are located across the country,” said Qalamyar.
The IEC said that 123 voter registration centers have not opened in provincial centers while eleven districts are at risk of collapsing.
According to IEC statistics, over 2.3 million Afghans so far have registered to vote in the elections with 29 percent of them constituting the women.