Afghanistan begins mass deployment of forces to guard elections
Nearly 9 million Afghans are expected to head to the polls on Saturday, which will be held against the backdrop of increased threat from militant groups.
It will be first election after withdrawal of most of international troops from the country in 2014.
“This election will be fully secured by the Afghan forces… we hope there will be no security incident in no part of the country,” said Najib Danish, a spokesman for Interior Ministry.
Meanwhile, Asef Ghafoory, a spokesman for Defense Ministry, said that the country’s army soldiers are ready to assist in securing the vote.
A spokesman for NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan reiterated the alliance’s support to the country adding it will remain “strictly impartial” in the upcoming polls.
“NATO will not play a role at all. The whole election process at all stages is and will remain in the hands of your fellow country men and women from the initial plan to the final results,” the spokesman said.