The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) says it has completed the assessment of polling centers in 360 district of the country as part of the commitment to hold next year’s parliamentary and district councils’ elections in time.
IEC has started the assessment for re-establishment of 7,000 polling stations in 418 districts of the country.
The Head of IEC’s Secretariat, Imam Mohammad Warimach said the nationwide assessment begun since two weeks in two parts – assessments of the centers and districts of the provinces. He says within this period IEC has completed assessment of pulling centers in 360 districts.
“In order to overcome on the challenges as it experienced in the past, the commission has chosen a new alternative,” Warimach said. “A major alternative in the [process] is the usage of technology that helps us ensuring the security and transparency of the elections,” he added.
The official stated that the assessment of 25 districts is currently underway, adding that the remaining 33 districts were not assessed by the IEC because of the security threats.
“Efforts are underway, and we are in talks to pave the way for sending the technical team” in the districts where no assessment has been done so far.
The move comes in a bid to prevent ghost polling centers and ensure transparency of the elections.