Baghlan security officials insist on securing polling stations
Reporter: Mehrullah Mehrdad
Attending a news conference, Baghlan military and local officials assure that they have secured the polling stations in the province. “All security forces are in perfect coordination to ensure the security of the presidential elections in Baghlan,” said General Abbas Tavakoli, commander of the 3rd Company 217th of Pamir Army Corps. We started operations a month ago to address security threats on Election Day, and several polling stations were opened during these operations on Election Day.
Baghdad police commander Niaz Mohammed Nizam also assures people that they are blocking Taliban movements from disrupting the voting process. On the other hand, Baghdad provincial acting governor Abdul Qadim Niyazi urged people to go to the polling stations calmly and vote for their preferred candidate to determine their future. In addition to all these cases, Noorullah Paigham, the head of the Baghlan election commission, said: “from total 212 polling stations, only 7 will be closed due to election day threats.”
“These centers will remain closed in the districts of Tala-wa-Barfak, Burka, Nahrin and Central Baghlan due to insecurities,” Mr. Paigham added: Along with it, all the sensitive and non-sensitive electoral materials have been delivered in the Gozargah-e-Noor District, but, likely, the election process will not be held in this district as Dahana Gori Districts and Gozargah-e-Noor districts are under the Taliban control.”
Currently, nearly 400,000 people are eligible to vote in Baghlan. In spite of all these cases, local officials in Baghlan have warned against obstructing fraudulent people in the presidential election.