Thursday, 26 September 2019

Taliban threatened to disrupt Afghanistan election

The Taliban ordered its supporters to use all means at their disposal to disrupt the presidential election. “Stay away from polling stations on election day,” the Taliban warned in their statement. Taliban’s statement said the group would attack security forces at polling stations and block major roads to disrupt voting. It added that in order to remain safe, residents must refrain from voting and stay at home. The Taliban has dismissed the presidential election as a conspiracy to “implement the goals of occupiers” in the country. Meanwhile, the Afghan security officials have assured that tens of thousands of security forces have been deployed to ensure the security of the voters on the Election Day. The government has deployed more than 72,000 security personnel to guard 5,373 polling centres across the country, with security remaining a major concern.

Electoral Complaints during Campaigns

Afghanistan Independent Election Complaint Commission, ICC says it has recorded almost one hundred complaints during the two months of election campaigns. The commission has launched a local shortcode hotline (122) for the Election Day saying in each polling station a “complaint collector” is assigned. IECC has called on candidates to observe the silence period – 48 hours before polling.

 

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Last Day of Election Campaigns

Two months of election campaigns period has ended midnight Wednesday [25/09/2019 at 23:59 Kabul time]. The period was followed by two days of silence until the voting day. Meanwhile, the Independent Election Commission along with security organizations said that they are fully ready to hold the election on 28 of September properly. Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry announced that all nearly 5 thousand of voting centres were secured by authorised security forces as of that morning.

 

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

IEC: No Biometric, No Vote

Afghan Independent Election Commission, IEC said voting on 28th September presidential election was entirely based on bio-metric machines and no vote was acceptable outside these machines. The IEC said transparency is at the top of their priorities. Over 20 thousand bio-metric devices had been prepared and dispatched to provinces. It is hoped that the biometric machines will stop multiple voting and is seen as a deterrent to ballot stuffing.

 

Monday, 23 September 2019

Mosa Qala Bombing

Officials promised to investigate reports that 40 civilians, including children, were killed in an airstrike during a wedding celebration in Taliban controlled Musa-Qala district in the southern Helmand province. The defence ministry said it would “share the result of the investigation” into the deaths overnight in Musa Qala district, which come less than a week after a drone killed at least nine civilians in Nangarhar province east of Kabul. “Some 40 people were killed and 18 others were wounded and were brought to the hospital, all the victims were civilians,” a member of Helmand provincial council told the media. Helmand’s governor said 14 Taliban fighters and six foreigners “were killed in airstrikes conducted by the Afghan special forces”, adding in a statement that authorities were investigating the claims of civilian casualties.

President Ghani on National Procurement Committee

President Ghani supported the National Procurement Committee’s (NPC) performance. Earlier the US government seriously criticised the NPC for corruption. Observers say NPC is the heart of corruption in the government. The National Procumbent Authority was Ghani’s initiative, which he argued would protect people’s rights and ensure transparency in contracting.

The government published a Book of Target Killings

The Afghan National Security Council published a compiled book titled “Thousands of Crimes” with photos and names of tribal leaders, religious leaders, religious scholars and young intellectuals claimed to have been conducted by the Taliban from 2003 to 2019. The book has been published in Dari and Pashto languages documenting nearly 2000 target killing of Afghanistan’s prominent faces and tribal elders province by province along with the photos, killing dates and reasons of the victims. The book has claimed that the Taliban hugely hit Afghan cadres and elders in last nearly two decades.

 

Sunday, 22 September

 Taliban delegation’s China visit

Taliban’s Qatar political office confirmed that a delegation from the group was visiting China. The Taliban’s political spokesman, Suhail Shaheen, tweeted that a nine-member Taliban delegation headed by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar – the head of the group’s Qatar office – has travelled to Beijing to discuss the Afghan peace process with Chinese authorities, the reports said. In another tweet, Shahin said: “Respected Mullah Baradar has also said that we have already held negotiations to settle the Afghan issue and reach a comprehensive agreement. If the US president does not comply with its promises and words now, it would be responsible for any destruction and bloodshed in Afghanistan.” “Meetings between senior Chinese officials and the Islamic Emirate’s delegation are continuing, and their discussions are focussing on ending the US’s occupation of Afghanistan, cordial political and economic relations between the two countries and establishment of peace and security in Afghanistan and the region”, the Taliban’s statement said.

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