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‘Afghans Proved to Taliban They Won’t Give Up’ – Says Ghani After End of Elections Sun, 21 Oct 2018 15:47:27 +0000

Following the end of parliamentary elections, President Ashraf Ghani says the nation proved to the Taliban that they will not give up and will participate in the democratic process despite the threats being imposed by the militant group.

Thanking the nation in a video message on Sunday, Ghani said that by casting their vote, Afghans have shown to the world that they do not want violence but have the will for democracy.

“You have proved your will for democracy and to the Taliban that the nations cannot be contained by force,” he said, adding despite the Taliban threats, the people did not give up and voted in the elections.

Ghani said the participation of women in the elections as candidates and voters was a historic win for Afghanistan’s democracy.

The president also thanked the military forces and the government institutions for their cooperation in the election process.

He said the security incidents were far less in this elections compared to two previous rounds of presidential elections in the country.

 “We are thankful of the efforts of the defense and security forces who have made his possible,” Ghani said.

This comes as about four million people (67 percent male and 33 percent female) out of over 8.5 million registered voters cast their ballots in the parliamentary elections which were lasted for two days in 32 provinces of the country. 

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Parliamentary Election Ends; About 4 Million People Voted Sun, 21 Oct 2018 14:52:29 +0000 The long-awaited Parliamentary election finally concluded today Oct 21, about four million people cast their vote in 32 provinces of the country.

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) says nearly four hundred voting centers remained closed in some provinces due to the technical and security problems.

“About four million people (67 percent male and 33 percent female) voted in the parliamentary elections in 32 provinces,” Abdul Badi Sayad, the chairman of IEC said.

Sayad also added that the parliamentary elections in Kandahar province will be held on Saturday (October 27).

Criticizing the IEC officials, people emphasized that the election commission did not have the capability of managing the election; even hundreds of citizens were deprived of their right to vote at the vicinity of the commission.

More than eight million people were registered for the voters’ list, but only three million voted in the first day of the election.

Sayad declared more than 3 million people out of 8.8 million registered voters cast their ballots on Saturday. The biggest turnout was in Kabul and the lowest in the southern Uruzgan province.

The U.N. mission in Afghanistan praised those who had made an effort to vote despite the technical issues, many of whom waited in long lines for hours as polling stations remained open late.

Parliamentary Election Held in Logar Under Shadow of Taliban Sun, 21 Oct 2018 14:47:41 +0000 The inhabitants of Logar province cast ballots in parliamentary elections under threat of Taliban violence that vowed to disrupt the process.

The Police commander of Logar Muhammad Abdali has declared that the Taliban group launched several attacks on voting centers but abandoned the areas with suffering heavy casualties.

Logar Province is one of the neighboring provinces of the capital that faces security challenges. However, preparations were made to hold elections in the province so that people would not be deprived of their right.

“The enemy had their plans to close voting centers in Logar. About 34 centers faced high-security threats, but the security forces thwart their plans and their corpses remain on the battlegrounds,” Abdali said.

Meanwhile, the governor of Logar, Muhammad Anwar Ishaq Zai emphasized that no group can change the will of the people towards a national process like the election.

“Although Logar faced security threats, people have done their utmost and cooperate with security forces to participate in the election voting and prevented challenges,” Ishaq Zai added.

More than 2,500 candidates are running for 249 seats in Afghanistan’s parliament in elections, despite campaign violence that has killed 10 candidates and scores of supporters, Taliban threats to sabotage the polls, accusations of pre-election rigging.

The insurgents carried through on their threat, but security forces prevented the dramatic attacks that many feared.

Still, officials said there was widespread violence across the country, with the Taliban attacking districts and polling centers, firing mortar shells and exploding bombs in cities.

IEC Violated Electoral Law by Extending Voting to Second Day: Lawyers Sun, 21 Oct 2018 13:19:13 +0000

A number of lawyers based in Kabul said that the Independent Election Commission (IEC) has violated the electoral law by extending the voting process to second day.

The parliamentary elections entered the second day, following the technical and security issues in a number of provinces. The voting process was resumed today in more than 400 polling centers – which was opened late or remained closed on first of the voting.

However, some lawyers have criticized the IEC for extending the voting process, saying the commission has violated the election law in this regard. They said based on the article 104 of the law, the election should have been held again which it did not happen.

According to article 84 of the electoral law, the commission could extend the voting process in some polling centers to a maximum of two hours or until the time when all of the voters –lined up at voting stations – cast their vote.

Mohammad Abdullah, a lawyer based in Kabul said that the IEC has violated the article and illegally extend the voting to the second day.

“According to article 104 of the law,  election commision had the authority to hold the election again in those election zones in which the voting was invalid,” he said. 

This comes as the IEC Chairman Abdul Badi Sayat said that more than 3 million people out of 8.8 million registered voters cast their ballots on Saturday. The biggest turnout was in Kabul and the lowest was in Uruzgan province.

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ELECTION 97: Security Plans for the Parliamentary Election Sun, 21 Oct 2018 07:16:38 +0000

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IEC Extends Elections to Sunday Due to Issues at Polling Centers Sat, 20 Oct 2018 10:28:49 +0000

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has extended voting in the parliamentary elections to Sunday in some polling centers after technical and organizational problems stopped people casting their vote in some polling centers on Saturday.

Speaking at a press conference, the IEC chief Abdulbadi Sayad said the voting process will continue till Sunday in those voting centers which failed to get opened until 01:00 pm today, adding that the voting was also extended to 8 pm in polling centers which opened late today.

The elections were kicked off in all provinces with the exception of Ghazni and Kandahar provinces due to security threats.

Lack of election materials, late opening of polling stations and IEC staff’s lack of familiarity to properly use the biometric devices at voting centers were the major issue which angered voters and forced the IEC to apologize for the nation.

Government Officials Cast Their Vote in Kabul

President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, Second Vice President Sarwar Danish, National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib and some other government officials on Saturday cast their vote at polling centers in Kabul.

Speaking to journalists President Ghani called on the nation to use their right and vote in the parliamentary elections. He thanked the security forces, IEC staff, and the people for paving the ground for the elections despite security risks.

“I just voted. And I thank the ANDSF, the IEC staff, and the great people of Afghanistan who made it possible to vote despite the risks involved. Today we proved together that we uphold democracy. With casting our ballots without fear we honor the sacrifices of the fallen,” Ghani tweeted.

Chief Executive Abdullah also thanked the security force for their efforts in the election process.

Abdullah said that there have been some issues in the voting process, but he said the IEC is handling it and people are voting despite risks.

‘We are proud of this nation. Our nation is rejecting the enemies by participating in elections,’ he said.

Abdullah also expressed condolences over the death of General Abdul Raziq, former police chief of Kandahar. He said the Afghan people showed that they value the patriotic sons of this country.

After casting his vote, NSA Mohib, meanwhile, said that “enemies” should know that their threats did not deter the Afghan people from determining our own future. 

“Thanks to our brave ANDSF for protecting this critical national process. Long live Afghanistan!,” he tweeted. 

Pakistan FM Phones Afghan Counterpart to Condole Loss of Lives in Kandahar Shooting Fri, 19 Oct 2018 16:03:30 +0000

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday telephoned his Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani to condole the death of senior government officials in a shooting in Kandahar yesterday.

The death senior officials included Kandahar police chief Gen. Raziq and the provincial intelligence chief Gen. Momin Hussian Khail. 

According to a statement released from the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Qurashi said that he, Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa condemned the attack.

In his turn, Rabbani said that the assassination of Gen. Raziq and his colleagues has raised questions and that the government has launched an investigation into the incident.

Rabbani stressed that the attack took place ahead of the elections and it indicates that “terrorists” are attempting to challenge this process. He said the government won’t allow them to succeed.

The foreign minister also said the Taliban whose leaders are in Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the attack, therefore, Kabul urges Islamabad to cooperate in “identifying the perpetrators of the incident”.

UNAMA Urges Taliban to Respect, Protect Civilians Participating in Elections Fri, 19 Oct 2018 13:53:40 +0000

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has called on the Afghan citizens to exercise their constitutional right and vote in the parliamentary elections which are set for tomorrow (Saturday).

“UNAMA encourages all eligible Afghan citizens to use this opportunity to exercise their constitutional right to vote,” it said in a statement on Friday.

UNAMA also called on relevant institutions to ensure that the elections can take place in a secure and safe environment.

In the statement UNAMA, meanwhile, expressed deep concern at the recent statements of the Taliban especially those that indicate their intention to carry out attacks against schools that will be used as polling centres.

“The elections are a civilian undertaking, and schools used as polling centres cannot be regarded as military targets,” UN said in the statement. “Moreover, civilians working in or attending polling stations cannot under any circumstances be regarded as military targets, as civilians present at polling stations do not lose their status as civilians. International humanitarian law explicitly prohibits attacks against civilians and acts or threats of violence aimed at terrorizing the civilian population.”

UNAMA urged the Taliban to respect and protect civilians and not to threaten them or carry out violence “should they engage in their constitutional right to participate in elections.”

“The UN Mission deplores the level of violence that has taken many lives in the run-up to the elections,” it said in the statement.

UNAMA re-emphasized that attacks directed against polling centres and civilians participating in the electoral process are clear violations of international law, and perpetrators of such crimes must be held accountable.

This comes as the Independent Election Commission (IEC) is set to hold the parliamentary elections on Saturday in 32 provinces of the country except for Ghazni and Kandahar provinces.

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Kandahar Incident Won’t Change U.S. Resolve in South Asia Strategy: Pentagon Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:34:48 +0000

Following the gunfire attack in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan which killed one of the country’s most powerful security officials, Pentagon says the incident will not change the U.S. resolve in its South Asia strategy.

One of the most powerful Afghan commander General Abdul Raziq was killed on Thursday when a bodyguard opened fire following a meeting at the governor’s office in the southern province of Kandahar, officials said.

“This attack will not change U.S. resolve in our South Asia strategy, if anything it makes us more resolute,” Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Kone Faulkner told Reuters.

General Scott Miller, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan who had been at the meeting with Gen. Razeq left the incident uninjured.

With inputs from Reuters.

Parliamentary Elections in Kandahar Delayed After Taliban Attack Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:56:51 +0000

Less than a day after the deadly incident in Kandahar, the government on Friday postponed the parliamentary elections in the province for one week.

The polling for filling the 249 seats in the lower house of parliament is scheduled for Saturday, top security officials decided in an early-morning meeting in Kabul to pull off the elections in Kandahar for a week, said Shah Hussain Murtazawi, the deputy spokesman for the president’s office.

The official added that the decision was made based on the recommendation of the election commission and suggestion of the Kandahar people.  

The move came after the deadly incident in the province in which the provincial officials including police chief Gen. Raziq and intelligence chief Gen. Momin Hussain Khail were killed and Governor Zalmay Wesa was wounded.

Police Arrest Three Suspects in Connection to Kandahar Deadly Incident Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:27:37 +0000

At least three people have been arrested in connection to the deadly incident in southern Kandahar province that left the provincial Police Chief and Intelligence Chief dead, the Interior Ministry said in a short statement on Friday.

The statement added that the detained individuals are in the custody of the security forces and an investigation is underway.

The statement did not provide further details in this regard.

The Police Chief of Kandahar Gen. Abdul Raziq and Intelligence Chief of the province Gen. Abdul Momin Hussain Khail were killed on Thursday in a shooting during security meeting which was also attended by the commander of US and NATO forces Gen. Scott Miller, the provincial governor Zalamy Wesa and the commander of the 404th Zone.

Zalmay Wesa and the commander of the 404th Zone have sustained injuries. But Gen. Miller has escaped the incident unhurt.

Following the incident, the Interior Ministry on Friday confirmed that based on the president’s order Tadeen Khan, the younger brother of Gen. Raziq has been appointed as Police Chief of Kandahar.

Traffic Incident in Kabul Leaves At least 20 Killed Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:09:57 +0000

At least 20 people have been killed in a traffic incident in Qarabagh district of Kabul, officials said Friday.

Qarabagh district governor Mohammad Azim Dil Aqa told Ariana News that the incident took place on Thursday night en route to Kabul-Kapisa.

According to the official, 16 people were also wounded in the incident which happened in Barikab area of Kabul.

Traffic crashes are a common cause of death in Afghanistan. Among the numerous risk factors are excessive speed, drug, talking on cell phones.

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