On the second day of the upcoming parliamentary elections campaigns, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) asked the contenders to share their campaign plans with the ministry for security reasons.
The ministry would put in place better measures for candidates safety during their campaigns if they share their plans, said Najib Danish, the MoI spokesman.
Some candidates started their campaigns by holding ceremonies in Kabul and other provinces.
“The improved security that we witness in Kabul and other provinces right now are because of the preparations of the Afghan security forces,” Danish said.
According to the Ministry of Interior, 54,776 members of the Afghan National Security and Defense Force will be deployed for security of 5,100 polling centers five days ahead of the elections. There will be 9,540 reserved forces, the ministry said.
The parliamentary elections campaigns were officially launched on Friday midnight where more than 2,500 candidates, including 400 women, will compete for 249 parliamentary seats.
The IEC officials said the total number of candidates in Kabul City reaches to 804 including men and women.
Some Kabul residents meanwhile raised concerns over security of the gatherings being launched by candidates to share their plans with the people.
“The candidates’ safety should be ensured properly to prevent the enemy from carrying out explosions or suicide bombings,” Kabul resident Hamid Rahimi said.
Kabul-based analysts said government forces need be in high alert to address any security concern immediately.
“The enemy may monitor our (security forces) movements for planing their own attacks,” said Mohammad Yaqub Hakimi, a former military officer.
“Government should pay attention to maintaining security of candidates,” said Abdul Jabar, a political affairs analyst.
“As far as we heard, Taliban are directly talking with the Americans and that might be the main reason for a relative security (in the country),” said Farooq Zamani, a political affairs analyst.
The elections campaigns will continue for 20 days. The parliamentary elections will be held on October 20, according to the IEC.