Afghans will see voting on Saturday in the country’s third presidential election since 2001 and the Ministry of Interior has assured to provide a safe environment.
Almost 445 polling centers out of 5,371 centers will be closed on the Election Day and the Taliban has been warned by the Afghanistan government to not hinder the voting in order to force intra-Afghan negotiations, senior security officials said.
“I have a message for the Taliban: You should not prevent the people from their right. If you are Afghans, allow the people of Afghanistan to vote so that a strong government is created and then you can attend to the peace negotiations with that government,” Chief of Army Staff Gen. Bismillah Waziri said. “But it will not be possible if you want to hinder the process.”
According to figures by the Election Commission, around 9.6 million people have registered to vote in the presidential election.
“The first stage ended with better results compared with previous elections and the second stage begins tomorrow (Saturday),” Deputy Minister of Interior Gen. Khoshal Sadat said.
Also, members of the Independent Election Commission assured the public that the transparent election will be held in Afghanistan.
The voting will start at 7 am and will end at 3 pm, the head of the commission, Hawa Alam Nuristani, said.
“We cannot announce the final results at the end of the election day,” Nuristani said, adding that at the end of the day, only the total number of voters will be announced.
“We are committed to providing a good environment for monitoring (the process on the election day),” head of the Election Commission’s secretariat, Habib-Ur-Rahman, said.
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