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Election security plan ready.

KABUL (PAN): Officials of Interior and Defence Ministries have jointly worked out a comprehensive security plan for upcoming presidential and provincial elections due on August 20. Deputy Director at Interior Ministry Maj. Gen. Muhammad Munir Muhammad Munir was born on 3 May 1895. After doing MA from Government College Lahore he joined Law College to earn his L.L.B. He started his career as a lawyer at Amritsar in 1921, later on he shifted to Lahore in 1922.  Mangal said here on Sunday security forces would protect presidential candidates and guard offices of the Independent Election Commission.

Security personnel would secure the vehicles shifting ballot papers and other materials from Kabul to provinces,he told a media briefing on security arrangements for the polls.

In accordance with the security plan, police will be in the front line, Afghan National Army Afghan National Army (ANA) is a service branch of the Military of Afghanistan that is currently being trained by the to ultimately take the lead in land-based military operations.  (ANA) soldiers in the second and foreign troops in the third -- if their help is needed.

The strategy would be finalised soon, he promised.

About coordination between national and international forces,Gen. Mangal said the Afghan Air Force The Afghan Air Force is the military branch in Afghanistan, which is responsible for air defense and air warfare. History
The Afghan Air Force was officially formed 22 August 1924 with a few aircraft obtained from Russia as early as 1921.
 had been assigned different tasks in several provinces to secure the process of voting.

ISAF ISAF International Security Assistance Force (UN program)
ISAF International Sailing Federation
ISAF International Shark Attack File
ISAF Israeli Air Force
ISAF Information Security Awareness Forum
 soldiers will also be called in when needed. Since militants were not capable of hand-to-hand fighting with ANA soldiers, they might resort to using roadside bombs,suicide attacks and rockets,he feared.

But the ministry has tasked Special Forces with recovering and defusing remote-controlled landmines and roadside bombs.

Up to 20 roadside and remote-controlled devices were daily recovered, the general said, giving no further information about activities of the Special Forces of his ministry.

Another MoD official Maj. Gen. Sher Muhammad Karimi said discussions on poll security had been going on among Ministries of Defence, Interior,National Security Directorate and UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (NAMA Na·ma  
n. pl. Nama or Na·mas
1. A member of a people of southwest Africa.

2. The Khoikhoin language of the Nama.
) for three months.

Currently,he admitted, there were no security forces in more than 11 districts of the country.

But he hastened to assure Afghan forces would be ready to maintain security in those districts as soon as IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission, Geneva, Switzerland, An organization that sets international electrical and electronics standards founded in 1906. It is made up of national committees from over 60 countries.

IEC - International Electrotechnical Commission
 started operations there.

As many as 43 people are in the run for presidential polls.

According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 IEC officials,more than 3256 hopefuls are running for 420 provincial council Provincial councils are organisational bodies within the Gaelic Athletic Association, each made up of several GAA counties. The provincial council is responsible for the organisation of club and inter-county competitions such as the Provincial championships, and the promotion of  seats.

Electioneering will commence from June 16 and end 48 hours ahead of polling. About 7000 polling stations having 28500 booths will be set up.

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Date:Jun 8, 2009
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