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September 26, 2018
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“Using biometric system an imperative step towards elections’ transparency,” President Ghani

KABUL: President Mohamamd Ashraf Ghani on Sunday attended and spoke in a concluding session of defense and security forces conference held in a bid to ensure elections security, the Chahar Chenar Palace said in a statement.
During the meeting, stressing on practical cooperation of the country’s defense and security entities, head of Independent Elections Commission Gula Jan Abdul Badi Sayad said we would not allow anyone to interfere in election affairs, according to the statement.
He also stressed on ensuring security of candidates and voters and added necessary measures would be taken against those who intend to disturb elections.
Afterwards, interior ministry’s senior security deputy Akhtar Mohammad Ibrahimi and defense ministry’s chief of army staff Gen. Mohammad Sharif Yaftali spoke about security sector preparations on ensuring election security, the statement went on to say.
Likewise, security entities’ in-charges assured the people, government and IEC on ensuring security of election process.
Representing Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan Gen. Andrew Popas said they would put all our equipment into the access of Afghan defense and security organs to ensure security of elections.
He also assured to cooperate with Afghan defense and security forces to apply elections security plan.
After hearing the participants’ talks, President Ghani lauded the defense and security forces for ensuring security during Ashura ceremony and their successful offensive operations in a number of provinces.
Thanking IEC for preparing the ground for technical conditions to hold elections, the president said the government was ready to cooperate in maintaining of IEC financial needs.
Calling using biometric system by IEC a significant step on elections transparency, the president added our difference with the Taliban is that we refer and rely on people’s vote, but they rely on guns.
He stressed that no one including defense and security officials are allowed to interfere in elections and if they do, law would be implemented on them.
He said Wolesi Jirga election would be held in accordance with law and all IEC offices should be open, adding no reason would be acceptable to close the mentioned offices.
Besides defense, security and IEC leadership, army corps’ commanders, security heads and commanders of a number of provinces were present in the meeting.
The Kabul Times

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