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Transparent elections impossible without security: Baidar

Transparent elections impossible without security: Baidar

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Aug 07, 2017 - 17:21

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday said security could help ensure transparent elections, urging the government to pay ample attention to the issue before the upcoming polls.

Rafiullah Baidar, a commissioner of IEC in eastern Nangarhar province, expressed the view during the launch of the poll panel’s work in the province.

He said the government was responsible for ensuring security and providing funds for the election process. Calling the current environment unsatisfactory, he said transparent elections would be not possible if security was not improved.

He welcomed the government’s support, saying interference in electoral affairs was unacceptable. Baidar alleged security forces’ interference had damaged credibility of past polls and people had lost trust in on the system.

However, Governor Gulab Mangal assured the IEC’s provincial chapter that all security organs would fully support the panel and no one would be allowed to interfere in its affairs.

He said the ministries of education, public health, interior, women affairs and Hajj had signed agreements with IEC. He would try to pave the ground for enforcing the agreements in Nangarhar.

Provincial officials of the ministries, who attended the meeting, assured the IEC of all-out cooperation based on their responsibilities.

Nangarhar Women’s Affairs Director Anisa Omrani said the number of polling stations for women should be increased in the province and the IEC should employ enough female workers.

She said women from remote areas should be provided with transportation facilities so they could reach the nearest polling stations to cast their votes.

The IEC commissioner and senior Nangarhar officials assured the problem would be paid attention.

Zabihullah Wagari, head of IEC for Nangarhar, said their estimated showed around 60,000 workers would be employed for election process.

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