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Afghanistan preparing for presidential election

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah (C), Afghanistan's current chief executive officer, greets with his supporters during an election campaign rally in Herat on September 24, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

Amin Alemi
Press TV, Kabul

Afghanistan’s presidential election process has entered a new phase that is known as the silence period.

The election law states that a silence period should begin 48 hours before the Election Day. The 48-hour time is considered as an opportunity for voters to review the plans and agenda of each candidate before they make their final decision.

Experts have urged electoral commissions, electoral teams and observers to keep a close eye on the process.

Officials in Afghanistan’s Electoral Commission say the body is fully ready to hold a transparent and free election in all 5000 polling stations on Saturday.

Security officials say over 72,000 security forces will protect the polling stations from any possible terrorist attack. 

While Afghans are going to cast their ballots on Saturday, they are also concerned about their country’s peace. Therefore, they stress on revitalizing peace talks with the Taliban militant group as well.

The militant group has already pledged to disrupt the election by attacking polling stations across the country.

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