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Jun 08, 2009
10 Afghan districts not safe for vote
Afghan districts under Talibancontrol may not be secured before August presidential and provincial electionsbut this will not affect the legitimacy of the poll, a general said.
Afghan authorities admit that 10of roughly 350 districts are completely out of their control, most of them inthe volatile south. There are however many more where extremist Talibaninsurgents have substantial influence.
Army chief of operations GeneralShir Mohammad Karimi told reporters the military planned to clear two of the districts,which he did not identify, before the polls. He added however that even iftroops cleared out insurgents from the others, the government would be unlikelyto have the capacity to install local authorities to maintain control and allowthe elections authority to operate.
The fledgling Afghan NationalArmy was not able to secure all areas, the general said. “We should admit thatwe do not have enough personnel to cover every point,” Karimi added.
But he said: “We have acondition: if the elections authority and local government are ready toactivate those districts, we are ready for the operations.”
The 10 districts only accountedfor about one percent of the electorate, Karimi said. “One percent or two willnot have any negative effect on the legitimacy of the elections.”
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