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Ali Reza Rouhani, a spokesman for IECC, said on Tuesday that more than 6000 complaints have reached the commission regarding the recent elections. Featuring among the complaints was the issue of filling ballots.
It was pointed out that illegal ballot-stuffing, apart from the biometric issue, closed polling stations, and delay in the opening of polling stations, as well as security concerns like intimidation of staff, voters and observers, formed another part of complaints to IECC.
Rouhani assured that all the complaints are being tended to and that necessary actions could end the candidate’s name being dropped as a result.
The acting finance minister on Tuesday officially announced that the World Bank has pledged a sum of $300 million to Afghanistan. The World Bank official said that the fund is to help the Afghan government reduce poverty by investing in the future. The money is to go into three branches or programmes-basic education, women’s economic empowerment and to help strengthen higher education.
The World Bank Country Director Shubham Chaudhuri expressed that the bank is going to continue to aid and support Afghanistan to reduce poverty.
President Ghani on his visit to Kandahar went to the Mandigak palace and expressed his deepest sympathies and condolences to General Abdul Raziq’s mother and rest of the family.
The president praised the late General’s bereaved mother for raising a brave person.
President Ashraf Guani arrived in Kandahar city earlier today. This is the first time the President is visiting Kandahar after the attack that took place on Thursday. He has come to pay homage to the assassination of General Abdul Raziq and others who lost their lives in the attack.
An insider attack plotted by the Taliban via a governor bodyguard to target Police Chief Gen Raziq was carried out when the bodyguard open fired in a meeting at the governor’s office on Thursday.
Those who were killed included Gen Raziq, General Momin, and a journalist. Among those who were wounded included Kandahar governor, Brig General Smiley and others.
Ministry of Defense has confirmed that as a result of airstrikes in Trinkut and Uruzgan, 4 terrorists were killed and one whole depot of weapons and ammunition was destroyed which included 7 BM1 rocket and 20 barrel mines.
Vice President Danish while addressing in a press conference urged the IEC to conduct elections for provinces of Ghazni and Kandahar as soon as possible. He added that the government fulfilled its promise of elections despite any challenges and threats.
He expressed that “enemies must know that Afghans have chosen their way and it the enemies want to take power then they must come and take part in elections and not use guns.”
The 201 Selab Military Corps of eastern Nangarhar province have claimed that at least 42 armed Taliban insurgents were killed during Afghan national security forces (ANSF) operations in the province. The officials added that another 40 at the least were wounded from Taliban’s side.
The operations were conducted in Nangarhar, Kunar, Nuristan provinces and Surobi district of Kabul province the officials said on Tuesday.
Many explosives and weapons of Taliban were also seized in the operations.
The Ministry of Defense has announced in a statement that the Afghan Minister of Defense has met with General Rene, the new commander of the CSTC-A (Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan) at the Ministry of Defense compound.
At this meeting, the new CSTC-A commander pledged support to address a series of Afghan National Army needs.
Lieutenant General Rene assured the Minister of National Defense that he will work with the Afghan National Army to provide logistical support and military equipment and vehicles, as well as to restore and maintain it.
US Vice President Mike Pence made a call to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to congratulate him on the successful conduction of parliamentary elections commending the country, government and security forces.
VP Pence he also expressed heartfelt condolences on the Kandahar incident and assassination of General Raziq General Momin, and other casualties during election day.