HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): The governors and police chiefs of western Herat, Badghis, Ghor and Farah provinces held a meeting here and discussed security plan for this month’s presidential election.
The meeting at the governor’s house in Herat City, the capital of western Herat province, follows a similar meeting involving high ranking foreign officials to discuss security for the election in the western zone.
Herat Governor Abdul Qayyum Rahimi said their meeting decided to launch a joint operation in the zone to suppress militants ahead of the Sept. 28 ballot.
He said the proposed operation would begin before election in the western zone and would end before the Election Day.
Farah Governor Mohammad Shoiab Sabet said although security situation in Farah province was not good, yet the election would take place in most its districts.
He did not specifically talk about security threats in Farah and also did not mention areas from where threats were imminent, but added that security institutions were striving to ensure that elections were held in most parts of the province.
Ghor Governor Ghulam Nasir Khase said a clearing operation was underway in parts of Ferozkoh, and Dehgana districts and security for election would be provided on the election day province-wide. He said election related materials had been dispatched to all districts.
Badghis Governor Abdul Ghafor Malakzai also assured that the election will take place in all Badghis districts.
He said some Badghis areas such as Bala Marghab district were under security threats, but until the election day, the situation would improve.