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21 Million Voter Cards to be Declared Void: IEC

21 Million Voter Cards to be Declared Void: IEC

JALALABAD – Independent Election Commission (IEC) commissioner Rafiullah Bidar on Sunday said only eligible people would be able to cast their votes in future elections through biometric system.
Independent Election Commission (IEC) commissioner Rafiullah Bidar on Sunday said only eligible people would be able to cast their votes in future elections through biometric system.
A statement from the IEC office in Nangarhar quoted Bidar as telling a meeting about preparations for upcoming elections that 21 million voter cards issued previously would be declared void.
The governor, 201 Selab Military Corps commander, provincial council members, provincial IEC head, UNAMA representatives, security officials and civil society activists attended the meeting in Jalalabad, the provincial capital.
The IEC commissioner for the eastern zone, Rafiullah Bidar, preliminary measures for conducting the parliamentary and district council elections on July 7 next years had been initiated.
He said 21 million voter registration cards had been issued to people for the past elections and the cards would not be used in future elections.
Bidar said efforts were underway to designate polling stations in cooperation with the provincial government.
“In the past elections, there were 397 polling centers and 1207 polling booths in Nangarhar, but this time we will try to do justice in their selection and enable people to vote for the first time through the biometric system.”
Nangarhar governor Gulab Mangal vowed his full support to the electoral process and urged Bidar to increase the number of polling centers due to the increase in population.
Gen. Mohammad Zaman Waziri, the 201 Selab Military Corps commander, assured the election commission of providing a safe environment to people during elections.
Provincial council deputy head Dr. Lal Mohammad Durrani and secretary Zabihullah Zmarai talked about shortcomings in the electoral process and called for preventing powerful individuals from setting up their own polling stations.
They called for a review of the constituencies in 22 districts of Nangarhar and a judicious designation of polling stations. (Pajhwok)