The Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials said 15 centers are faced with high security threats in Kapisa province, in the center of Afghanistan, as at least two weeks have remained for the end of voter registration process in villages.
The centers are located in Nijrab, Tagab and Alasai districts, said Abdul Rahman Farid, head of Kapisa IEC office.
Farid called on government forces to ensure the safety of the areas; otherwise, he said the centers will remain closed during the upcoming parliamentary and district councils’ elections.
“Two districts are faced with high security threats in Nijrab district, seven centers are closed in Tagab and 6 centers are closed in Alasai (district),” he said.
Kapisa provincial council said the closure of the centers will affect people’s turnout in voter registration process.
“The close of the 15 centers is concerning,” said a member of Kapisa Provincial Council.
Kapisa Police Chief Brigadier General Mohammad Raziq Yaqubi meanwhile said they continue their efforts to reopen voter registration centers in the districts.
“We have plans for (military) operations in Pachaghan and Afghania areas. We will use all our resources to remove threats from at least 50 percent of the centers,” he said.
Kapisa IEC officials said so far more than 80,000 people have registered to vote in the province from which at least 30,000 are women and almost 10,000 of them are Kochis.