JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The governor on Sunday insisted on increasing the number of polling stations in eastern Nangarhar province because of the massive influx of returnees in the province.
The Nangarhar governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, told Pajhwok Afghan News Governor Gulab Mangal made the demand on Sunday during a meeting with provincial election officials in Jalalabad.
The meeting was also attended by members of the provincial council, civil society organizations (CSOs), and representatives from other organizations.
According to Pajhwok findings, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) has recently decreased the number of polling stations in provinces where many repatriates have returned. The provinces include Nangarhar, Kandahar, Paktia, and some others.
The Nangarhar governor told the gathering that secured areas had increased in the province and also many returnees had come to the province; therefore, the number of polling places should also be increased.
IEC head for Nangarhar, Zabihullah Wagari, said the gathering was aimed at technically and professionally discussing upcoming elections with civil and military organizations, provincial council members, CSOs, political parties, and other groups.
According to him, about 106 private areas previously designated as polling stations were relocated to public places for preventing possible fraud.
He said prior to the elections, the computerized ID-cards would be distributed and there would be a special mark on the cards for voting in order to avoid any kind of rigging.
Meanwhile, the governor said all civil and military institutes in the province were operating in full cooperation with the IEC and they would allow no one to interfere in their affairs.
He expressed concern over the decreased number of polling stations, and called upon the election body to increase the number of polling stations as security had been broadened in the province compared to the past.
A provincial council member, Israrullah Murad, dubbed the previous elections as fully-rigged, stressing work for transparency in future polls.
He assured the IEC of full support on behalf of the provincial council.