IEC begins transfer of election materials to provinces

By: The Kabul Times

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Friday started the transfer of election materials to all provinces which was delayed for two days due to issues around malfunction in biometric devices.
Head of the IEC secretariat, Habib-Ur-Rahman Nang, told reporters at the commission on Friday that the process will end on September 11.
He assured that the presidential election will be held on time. The election has been scheduled for September 28 in which 17 candidates are running for president.
Mr. Nang said that the election materials will be sent to the center of provinces and will be distributed to other districts through a gradual process.
Mr. Nang said that 5,373 centers will be open on the election day which will encompass 29,586 polling stations.
According to IEC figures, 7,385 polling centers were initially considered by the institution, but 5,373 centers will remain open on the election day. Kabul will have 558 open polling centers and only two polling centers will be closed in the province.
Almost 300 polling centers out of 462 will remain open in Herat which is a major province in the west of the country. Other provinces in the west such as Badghis, Ghor, and Farah will have the highest number of closed polling centers with 136, 111, 174 closed centers respectively. Ghazni province will have the highest number of closed centers – 159 out of 406 – in the center of Afghanistan, the figures show.
Panjshir, a secure province in the center of the country, will have only one closed center out of 97 centers while all 220 polling centers will be open on the election day in Bamiyan province, the statistics show.
Helmand with 162 closed centers out of 462 will have the highest number of closed centers on the election day in the south of the country.

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