Gunmen seen inside Kabul polling centre

KABUL (Pajhwok): Voters in the Mir Bacha Kot district of central Kabul province on Saturday said they were concerned about the entry of illegal armed men and security officials into a polling centre.

A Pajhwok Afghan News reporter, who visited the Duko High School polling centre in the district, said people were worried about the presence of armed men inside the polling site.
A teacher at the high school, Hidayat Mukhlis, said he was satisfied with the voting process but the entry of illegal armed men and security personnel into the polling station made him worried.
Three armed were seen inside the polling site and one of them was checking people and the two others were standing beside ballot boxes.
The entry of armed men into polling stations is illegal. All security forces should stay 100 metres away from voting centers.
The Pajhwok reporter was threatened by armed men after he tried to capture a photo of the scene.
Another two armed men inside the polling station did not respond when asked why they had entered.
An election observer at the polling site, wishing not to be named, said no armed person should enter a polling site.
But a local security official said the security station was not good and they should be inside the polling station to deal with any possible threat.
An elderly man, Abdul Saboor, who cast his vote at the polling centre, said election officials should not let any armed men in.


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