Presidential elections will be held throughout Afghanistan on Saturday, September 28, amid Taliban threats of violence at polling stations, election offices, and election-related events. Taliban violence has increased over the weeks leading up to the election; a September 17 attack on President Ashraf Ghani's campaign rally in Parwan killed 26 civilians and wounded more than 40 others. Earlier in September, the Ministry of the Interior announced the deployment of more than 72,000 security personnel to polling booths countrywide.
Heightened security measures, particularly around polling stations, and commercial disruptions are anticipated on September 28. Violent attacks on polling stations and election-related events are possible over the coming days.
This will be Afghanistan's fourth presidential election since a US-led coalition removed the Taliban from power in 2001.
Individuals in Afghanistan are advised to monitor the situation, avoid polling stations and any public demonstrations, anticipate a heightened security presence, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
The security environment in Afghanistan remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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