Local authorities in the southern province of Helmand reaffirmed their commitment to holding the June 14th run-off election in a peaceful atmosphere, while preventing fraud in the province.
A joint press conference was addressed by Helmand Governor, Muhammad Naeem, and the provincial ANSF chiefs in Lashkar Gah city, the capital of Helmand province.
The Governor told the meeting, the insurgents’ recent attacks as part of their so-called spring offensive across Helmand have failed to make an impact. He asked security forces to use all available resources to protect voters during the crucial second round of polls.
Qudratullah Naqshbandiya, provincial Independent Elections Commission (IEC) director, said a total of 720 polling stations would remain open during the run-off vote on June 14 throughout the province. He promised that the elections’ employees who were found guilty of rigging in the previous elections have been sacked. He hoped the country’s security forces would be able to maintain tight security for the ballot.
After the first round election, 17 insurgents attack have been foiled and one suicide attacker arrested by Nation Directorate of Security (NDS), director Mohammad Naim Momeen said in the press conference.