Afghan, NATO forces build up security for upcoming parliamentary elections

19:00, September 15, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

With only three days left to Afghanistan's second parliamentary elections since the collapse of Taliban regime in late 2001, the country has beefed up security for the balloting, Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi said Wednesday.

Over 300,000 Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in collaboration with more than 140,000 NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) have chalked out a plan to ensure security for the balloting, he said.

"An operational plan to ensure security for the parliamentary elections has been chalked out," Azimi told a joint press conference with chief of operational department of Afghan army joint chief of staff General Afzal Aman and ISAF Joint Command Deputy Chief of Operations General Wayne Detwiler.

According to Azimi, over 5,900 polling centers across the country would be encircled with Afghan police as the first security belt for ensuring security of the voters on the elections day.

Briefing newsmen at the same press conference, General Aman said that over 48 big military operations had been launched by ANSF and ISAF forces to secure the areas with high threat across the country over the past couple of months.

"For months, the Afghan interior and defense ministries have worked to make these parliamentary elections safe and secure and as a result of their tireless efforts, the voice of Afghan will be heard on election-day," said Detwiler.

He said ISAF's primary role during the Afghan-led and Afghan- run elections is to support and assist ANSF.

"Together ANSF and ISAF developed and rehearsed a series of election security plans, working shoulder to shoulder to provide the Afghan people the best possible election security," he stated.

"This also includes preventing the Taliban from their stated aim of keeping the Afghan people away from voting," he emphasized.

Election body's chief Fazal Ahmad Manawi confirmed weeks ago that 938 polling centers out of 6835 would remain closed across the country due to security problems.

While the date for election is drawing closer, the Taliban insurgents have vowed to disrupt the electoral process by any possible means.

However, the officials have confirmed that election will not be held in nine districts out of over 350 districts in the country.

Seven districts are located in Taliban stronghold - south Afghanistan's Kandahar, Helmand, Zabul and Ghazni provinces while two other district are in eastern Paktia and Nuristan province.

Over 2,500 candidates including some 400 women had registered their names to secure 249 seats in Afghan Wolesi Jirga or Lower House of parliament in the militancy-hit central Asian state.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:李牧(实习))

  • Do you have anything to say?

双语词典
dictionary

  
Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows a cargo ship in danger on the sea near Zhuhai City, south China's Guangdong Province. Cargo ship Fangzhou 6 of Qingzhou of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region lost control after water stormed into its cabin due to Typhoon Nesat on the sea near Zhuhai Thursday, leaving 12 crew members in danger. Rescuers rushed to the ship and saved them by using a helicopter. (Xinhua)
  • Actress Gong Li poses for L'Officiel Magazine. (Xinhua Photo)
  • Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street campaign hold placards as they march in the financial district of New York September 29, 2011. After hundreds of protesters were denied access to some areas outside the New York Stock Exchange on September 17, demonstrators set up a rag-tag camp three blocks away. Zuccotti Park is a campground festooned with placards and anti-Wall Street slogans. The group is adding complaints of excessive police force against protesters and police treatment of ethnic minorities and Muslims to its grievances list, which includes bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
  • The romantic myth of the Aegean 
The Aegean Sea is between the Greece Peninsula and Asia Minor Peninsula, dotted with many beautiful scenery islands, like a paradise on earth.  The ancient city of Troy in the east coast of Aegean, Turkey, and Mycenaean sites in the west bank of Greece, which have been archaeological discoveries, now are the must visit places in journey of the Aegean Sea. Above, these desolate dilapidated stone, the sunny blue sky and white clouds and vessels roaming at sea, arriving and departing travellers, add more romantic to the sea and the islands.
  • Chinese Permanent Representative to the United Nations Li Baodong (R) welcomes UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York, the United States. Sept. 29, 2011. The Chinese permanent delegation to the UN held a reception on Thursday to celebrate the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and the 40th anniversary of China's returning to the UN. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)
  • Chinese ambassador to Bulgaria Guo Yezhou delivers a speech during the reception in Sofia, capital of Bulgaria, on Sept. 29, 2011. The Chinese Embassy in Bulgaria held a grand reception here on Thursday to celebrate the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. (Xinhua/Wang Meng)
Hot Forum Discussion