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Civil Institutions Should Monitor Police Activities in upcoming Elections: Interior Ministry

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Thursday, August 22, 2013
Kabul (BNA) with passing each day, the date for upcoming presidential election is nearing.
In such a situation, the hopes and harasses also increases, because, one of the worries for holding this process is maintenance security.
A number of our compatriots believe that in the election, security not to be maintained in a suitable manner and would accompany with challenges.
At the same time, while reporting about maintenance security, the authorities of Interior Ministry say that for not meddling of police in election process, it is necessary that the civil institutions to control over police activities.
Acting Interior Minister Mujtaba Patang in a meeting with a number of civil institutions in connection with holding presidential election said that he demands from civil institutions to supervise in Election Day over police activities, they should dispatch their representatives to police command centers that would be established for maintenance election security.
He laid emphasize that the Ministry of Interior and police forces lay down all auditing means  at the disposal of representative’s so to hear all conversations of police forces during holding election and if they comprehend police meddling, the representative should adopt immediate measure.
In connection with the process of maintenance election security, Acting Minister of Interior said that this Ministry has arranged necessary strategy for maintaining security during elections that after one week would be proclaimed during a joint meeting with Independent Election Commission.
According to Patang, one of the worries is lack of sufficient female police for maintenances security in female election centers country-wide.
Now, this ministry is negotiating with Education Ministry so to employ those women who work as teacher or employees at schools and train them for helping female police in Election Day.
He said that 13000 female police is needed for maintenance of security in voting centers while now, this number is estimated about 2200.
Other individuals in collaboration with the Ministry of Education would attract the cooperation of these institution employees for maintenance security in female election zones and efforts would be made so these women to be assisted financially as well.
The in-charge of Media Watch in NAI institution Seddiqullah Tauhidi hinting to previous presidential elections and meddling of police in election process said that in previous election, we had some reports in connection of police meddling in election process.
The measures should be adopted so such meddling not to be repeated.
At the same time, NATO Generals work in Afghanistan believes that the Afghan security forces have the capability to maintain security during upcoming presidential elections in Afghanistan.
They said that they can maintain security in 90 percent voting centers of upcoming presidential elections.
As a whole, this commander of NATO commemorating from promotions, abilities and equipment’s of Afghan security forces added that comparing previous time, their abilities are enhanced and now, they maintain security of 80 percent soil of Afghanistan.
At the same time, a number of our citizens are hoped for a transparent and far from fraud elections and ask government to pay serious attention towards maintenance of security of people and election process.
A student in one of private institutions Ms. Fereshta said in the connection that holding timely election is hopeful for Afghans.
But, what is a matter of concern for people and government is the security issue, because, now, there is no security in some provinces. How we would be hopeful for a transparent and just election in those regions?
In first step, the government should maintain security for election, an election that would be in accord with the demand of all people and they should cast their votes in boxes freely.
This is in a time that because of insecurity in a number of provinces, the previous election was faced with some challenges.
The upcoming elections of Afghanistan that would be held in next spring simultaneous with pullout of foreign forces from Afghanistan.
But, if the government be no serious in this respect, it is possible that upcoming elections would also to be faced with continued challenges and skirmishes. 

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