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27 Sep 2019 | 03:15 PM UTC

Afghanistan: Heightened security measures nationwide ahead of presidential elections September 26-28 /update 1

Afghanistan News Alert

Authorities deploy additional security personnel and impose vehicle restrictions in Kabul amid Taliban threats to disrupt polls, September 26-28; significant traffic disruptions and heightened security presence expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/27/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/29/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kabul). COUNTRY/REGION Afghanistan, Kabul

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Event

The Afghan government has increased security measures throughout the country as of the evening (local time) on Thursday, September 26, ahead of the presidential elections on Saturday, September 28.

Since Thursday, strict security checks are being conducted on vehicles and passengers in multiple areas of Kabul, and trucks have been barred from city. Vehicle use has also been banned in some areas of the country.

According to police officials, around 72,000 security personnel have been deployed nationwide, with an additional reserve of 20,000-30,000.

Heightened security measures, particularly around polling stations, and commercial disruptions are anticipated through Saturday, September 28. Violent attacks on polling stations and election-related events are possible over the coming days.

Although not indicated by government authorities, it is assessed as likely that the aforementioned and other restrictions and heightened security measures will remain in place until the day after the elections.

Context

Saturday's election will be Afghanistan's fourth presidential elections since a US-led coalition removed the Taliban from power in 2001.

In a statement issued in August, the Taliban had pledged to disrupt polls, denouncing the electoral process as a sham and calling militants to block roads across the country.

Advice

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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