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The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has announced the final turnout figures, saying 1,932,873 votes’ were cast on the Election Day.
The IEC commissioner, Rahima Zarifi in a press conference said that the work on the paper results collection center as well as the digital collection center has been finalized and the biometric information of all devices has been transmitted to the server.
Zarifi added that discussions are currently underway on missing biometric devices and those that have not yet reached the IEC.
“34 Delegations will travel to 34 provinces of the country for the recount of votes of the provinces”, Zarif added.
Regarding the breaking of IEC digital center, Zarifi stated that a delegation has been assigned about the issue and they will share the results at the earliest time.
At least 71 Taliban fighters were arrested in operations by Afghan forces in northern Baghlan province, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said.
MoD in a press release said that as a result of joint clearance operation, the Dand-e Ghori district of Baghlan province has been cleared of insurgents.
“During the operations in Dand-e Ghori, Dand-e Shahabuddin and Kelagay districts of Baghlan, dozens of Taliban including the intelligence chief of the group for Tala-o-Barfak district were killed”, the press release said.
The press release also said the security forces operations are seriously underway in Dand-e Shahabuddin and Kelagay districts, a large number of the hideouts, weaponry cache, arms and weapns, of Taliban have been destroyed in the operations.
Afghanistan’s National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib is attending the 18th NAM Summit in Baku, Azerbaijan, held October 23-24.
The NSA office in a press release said that Hamdullah Mohib will deleiver a speech as a representative of a country member in the summit.
According to the statement, the NSA will also meet the officials of the member countries separately on the sidelines of the summit.
President Ashraf Ghani discussed momentous projects of Japan in Afghanistan today in a meeting with Shinichi Kitaoka, the chairman of Japan International Cooperation Agency in Tokyo, the Presidential Palace said in a statement.
According to the statement, President Ghani described Japan as a steadfast friend and strategic partner of Afghanistan and extended gratitude to the country for its multifaceted cooperation and assistance in different fronts, particularly within the past 18 years.
President Ghani declared that Afghanistan is rich in lithium, which is used for electric vehicles and smartphones.
“following the amendment of the Mining Law, Afghanistan is keen to attract foreign investments in this sector and called on the Japanese investors and private sector to make investment in this area, particularly on rare earth materials such as Lithium”, he said.
In the meantime, the JICA chairman welcomed the president to Japan and assured on their cooperation with Afghanistan in various areas including agricultural development, land management as well as training Afghan students to enable them to learn those models and apply them in their own country.
The representation mission of Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) in Afghanistan has launched phase two of a project to back education in remote areas.
As per the Peninsula report, at a total cost of $324,000, the project is implemented jointly by QRCS and the Afghan Welfare Society, for the benefit of 1,800 students in total.
Under the project, QRCS provided 70 tents to be used as classrooms, 900 double desks, 17,000 copies of curriculum books for basic education, 1,800 school bags and sets, 500 teaching aids, and nine containers to be used as storages and offices.
Despite the recent improvements in Afghanistan’s education system, it remains among the worst in the world, due to many challenges such as limited access to education, with 3 million school-age children, mostly female.
There are gaps in the number of schools, infrastructure, and water and sanitation services. Hundreds of schools remain destroyed or closed in insecure areas, leaving hundreds of thousands of students uneducated.
The project complements the government efforts to meet the demand for education, create a learning environment. It is inspired by a belief that education is key to development and stability.
Afghan local officials said that nearly a hundred IS-K terrorists have been killed and wounded during the operations in Achin district of Nangarhar province in the past one and a half month.
The Nangarhar governor office in a statement said that at least 62 IS-K terrorists were killed and 32 others were wounded in the operations during the past one and a half month.
Mahmood Mia Khel, the governor of Nangarhar said most of the killed IS terrorists were the foreign residents and their training centers and hideouts were also destroyed.
Mia Khel noted that at least ten Afghan soldiers were also killed and four others of them were wounded during the operations.
According to the governor of Nangarhar, the IS terrorists have planted a huge number of IEDs in Bander and Abdul Khel areas of the Achin district which will be defused by security forces at the earliest time.
In the meantime, the 201 Silab Corps has stated that the operations which jointly conducted by the army forces, national Police and border forces and the uprising forces since the past one and a half month now concluded.
Another new polio case, making third this year has emerged in southern Kandahar province, an official said.
Senior Health Official Dr. Abdul Shakour Nasrat said the fresh positive polio case had surfaced in Rambasi village of Dand district.
He said it was the third positive polio case in 2019 in the province and 19th countrywide.
Earlier, the second positive polio case was detected in Ghorak district where the Taliban have banned polio drops to children.
This comes as Afghanistan making all out efforts to eradicate polio from across the country, and all the time called on tribal elders and the Taliban group to help the process.