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Hekmatyar Claims IEC’s Figure for Registered Voters Is False

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(Last Updated On: July 17, 2018)

The leader of Hezb-e-Islami party, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar claims that the figure presented by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) for registered voters in the upcoming parliamentary and district council elections was false.

Addressing a press conference in Kabul on Tuesday, Hekmatyar claimed that among 8,600,000 registered voters which presented by the IEC, five million of them was false. He said only 3,600,000 voters were real.

Hekmatyar, meanwhile, claimed that the IEC has deliberately announced some parts of the country as insecure areas, insisting that some individuals have attached stickers on fake national ID cards while some circles have prevented to have an electronic-based electoral system.

“Stickers are being sold like potatoes and turnips in the markets,” he said, referring to an individual which according to him had received 20 national ID cards.

His remarks come days after the political parties including Hezb-e-Islami in a plan have called on IEC invalidate the voter registration process and use biometric technology in a bid to ensure transparency of the upcoming elections which sparked reactions of the IEC and President Ashraf Ghani against the plan.

Rejecting Hekmatyar’s claims, the IEC said that the political parties have failed to present their plans on time.

“This [voter registration] process was normal, if they [political parties] have complaints, they can visit this system and oversee the process from inside,” Hafizullah Hashimi, a commissioner of the IEC.

The leader of Hezb-e-Islami stressed that zone-based elections should be held in the country and that electoral system should be reformed.

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Stefano Pontecorvo takes office as NATO’s SCR in Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: June 1, 2020)

Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo of Italy officially takes up his role, today June 1, as the new NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan, NATO confirmed in a statement.

NATO Sec-Gen Jens Stoltenberg said, “I look forward to working closely with him at this critical juncture for Afghanistan’s future.”

According to the statement, Pontecorvo will be working with the NATO-led Resolute Support mission that trains, advises, and assists the Afghan National forces as well as advising the NATO Secretary-General and the North Atlantic Council on the Alliance’s efforts in Afghanistan and relations with Afghan partners.

The statement added, “He will liaise with senior members of the Afghan government, Afghan officials and other prominent national and local officials. He will engage with representatives of the international community, Afghan civil society, and non-governmental organizations.”

His previous roles have been described as Italy’s Ambassador to Pakistan, diplomatic adviser to the Italian Defense Minister working on NATO political-military issues, including on Afghanistan, and deputy head of mission at the Italian embassies in London and Moscow.

It is noteworthy that Sir Nicholas Kay of the United Kingdom was previously serving as the NATO SCR in Afghanistan since March 2019.

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Senior Traffic Police official killed – Kapisa

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(Last Updated On: June 1, 2020)

An Afghan Traffic Police official was killed by unknown gunmen in Kapisa province on Monday, police confirmed.

Shayiq Shurish, a spokesman for the provincial police told Ariana News that Sayed Munir, head of Kapisa’s traffic department, was shot dead by unknown gunmen at around 8 a.m. Monday.

The incident has taken place in Qala-e-Sayed Khan village in Kapisa city, while Munir was on his way to his office, Shurish said.

He said the motives behind the attack yet to be determined, adding that police have begun investigations. 

So far, no group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Former Afghan goalkeeper dies of Coronavirus

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(Last Updated On: June 1, 2020)

Sadiq Ibrahimi, a former Afghanistan National Football Team’s goalkeeper, passed away on Sunday, his relatives confirmed.

According to his brother, Ibrahimi has died of the Coronavirus.

Ibrahimi was playing for the National Team between 2002 to 2007.

He played for Afghanistan in Asian competition in South Korea in 2002, as well as he showed well performance in matches against Bangladesh and Turkmenistan in 2005.

It comes as Ali Reza Ghorbani, a goalkeeper of the National Futsal Team of Afghanistan was also tested positive for COVID-19.

Ghorbani said that he was battling with the Coronavirus, “Corona knocked me down, take is serious.”

So far, 15,205 people in the country have been infected with the virus.

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