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Security organs promise voter registration centers’ security

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Security organs promise voter registration centers’ security
 Voter registration process kicked off last Saturday throughout Afghanistan, but the only concern of Afghan citizens are security of voter registration centers although defense and security organs have taken necessary preparations to maintain security of the centers in the country, assuring of maintaining security of all centers throughout the country.
Related to concerns of the people and security of voter registration centers, deputy spokesperson to ministry of interior Nasrat Rahimi in an interview with The Kabul Times correspondent said: “Ministry of Interior (MoI) is making effort to maintain security of all voter registration centers in a better way so that our people can visit to these centers and fulfill their national responsibility and register themselves for upcoming parliamentary elections.”
“Ministry of Interior with coordination and cooperation of all security organs is working to maintain security of 7355 voter registration centers across the country except 900 centers in 12 districts of the country,” Rahimi said.
He added that three voter registration centers have recently come under attacks in Nangarhar and Ghor provinces where employees of IEC have been kidnapped by armed insurgents, but fortunately police with cooperation of security organs have urgently responded the attacks and now the people could visit the centers without any concern in the respective provinces.
He asserted that the country’s security forces would make use of all means for maintaining security of voter registration centers throughout the country as thousands of national police personnel have been deployed for maintaining security of the centers in the country.
Meanwhile, officials to ministry of defense have also assured the people of maintaining security of voter registration centers and the elections process.
A number of experts by considering insecurities as the biggest challenge towards upcoming parliamentary elections said one of main reasons of lack of the people’s presence in voter registration centers is insecurity in a number of provinces where the people are afraid of insurgents’ attacks.
“Before kicking off voter registration process, the government in particular Independent Elections Commission (IEC) should have started public awareness campaigns and the government would have assured the people of security of voter registration centers across the country,” said Amir Mohammad, an Afghan political expert.
“IEC has still enough time for publicity and making the people aware of voter registration and elections process from beginning to end. Besides, mosques’ imams and religious Ulema should also make the people and armed insurgents aware of the process as elections is a national process and all Afghans have the right to participate in the process,” Amir Mohammad added.
He stressed that security organs should maintain security of all voter registration centers in the country; on the other hand, the people should cooperate with security organs if they see suspicious activities and individuals.
Afghanistan Senate while welcoming kicking off of the voter registration process considers security as key for registration process.
“The people are being threatened by Taliban, but I want all citizens in Helmand to visit voter registration centers in the province and get voting cards in order to change the destiny of their country,” said Alokozay, an Afghan senator.
It is worth mentioning that several thousands of people have visited voter registration centers and registered for upcoming parliamentary elections.