Claims of intimidation by police, barring observers to enter polling centre in Kabul

University professor Ali Vaezi posted a testimony of his electoral experience on social media, writing “I went to Mohammadia mosque in PD 3 (Kabul) to vote at around 11:00 AM. The voters and a large number of electoral observers had gathered at the front of the mosque. A number of voters were also inside the courtyard of the mosque, but the observers were not allowed to enter. At this centre, the poll started at 10 A.M. Several observers complained that they were not allowed to enter, saying that the police had beaten one of them.

I left the place after twenty minutes”

This shows instances of intimidation by authorities towards observers who ensure transparency and fairness in the balloting. Kabul is witnessing major impediments on election day.

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