Voting process officially kicked off for Afghanistan 2019 presidential elections
The voting process for Afghanistan’s 2019 presidential
elections officially kicked off in its capital, Kabul, and all other provinces
– in some provinces with 30 minutes to one hour delay – around 7:00 AM this
Saturday’s morning, September 28.
13 nominees, including the incumbent president Ashraf Ghani
and chief executive Abdullah Abdullah, are running in the ongoing elections to
become the country’s next president.
Both, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the Ministry of
Defense (MoD), assured on Friday, September 27, that the Afghan defense and
security forces will ensure security of the elections.
Kabul Now reporters have so far seen a low turnout in
polling centers in some provinces, like Herat and Kandahar, while a high
turnout in some others like Balkh province.
Around 72,000 security forces have been tasked to provide
security for the polls in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan, according to the
Over nine million people have registered themselves to vote
for electing the country’s next president.
Security forces have relatively a heavy presence in all
polling centers and sites in Kabul.
The Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced on
Friday, September 27, that technically it was ready to hold the elections in
all across the country, noting that it has provided 260 national and
international institutions with credential letters and issued monitoring
permits for 144, 146 observers.
The Taliban, however, have repeatedly threatened that they
would disrupt the election, labeling it a “fake” and “American process.”