Weekly Operational Update; Afghan Elections Security
KABUL, Afghanistan- (From left to right) Col. Wayne Detwiler, IJC deputy chief of staff, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Dawran, Afghan National Army Air Corps chief of staff, Afghan Army Brig. Gen. Mohammad Azimi, Ministry of Defense spokesman, Maj. Gen. Afzal Aman, Afghan National Army G-3 chief of operations addressed the security concerns regarding the future parliamentary elections.(ISAF Photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Myco Apat)
By U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tania Reid
ISAF Public Affairs Office
KABUL, Afghanistan- Representatives from the Afghan National Army Air Corps, the Afghan National Army, the Afghan Ministry of Defense and the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command discussed security measures for the upcoming Afghanistan elections at a press conference held at the Government Media and Information Center here today.
Afghan National Army Brig. Gen. Mohammad Azimi, Ministry of Defense spokesman, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Dawran, ANA Air Corps chief of staff, Maj. Gen. Afzal Aman, Afghan National Army G-3 chief of operations, and U.S. Army Col. Wayne Detwiler, IJC deputy chief of operations, addressed the security concerns regarding the future parliamentary elections.
Detwiler focused on the role that Afghan National Security Forces and ISAF will play in providing safety and security at the elections.
“ISAF’s primary role during the Afghan-led and Afghan-run elections is to support and assist Afghan National Security Forces,” he said. “Together, ANSF and ISAF developed and rehearsed a series of election security plans, working shoulder to shoulder to provide the Afghan people the best possible election security.”
The colonel mentioned the heightened security measures are intended to deter the insurgents’ plans of disrupting the voting process.
“This also includes preventing the Taliban from their stated aim of keeping the Afghan people from voting,” he said.
According to Azimi, the preparations for the parliamentary elections are off to a good start with ANSF and ISAF working in close coordination.
“It is the security of the voters that is most important,” he said. “The ANSF will remain in place until the elections are finished.”
With regards to preventing corruption with the voting cards and the concern for the heightened security during the elections, Azimi added that they will make every effort to have transparency during the poll.
Detwiler said that ISAF’s supporting role will be represented in security tiers.
“ISAF will be involved in the third and fourth security tiers,” he said. “These tiers involve intelligence sharing, quick reaction forces, air and ground logistical support, aerial reconnaissance, freedom of movement assistance and emergency medical or logistical support.”
Detwiler said that even though securing the polling sites is ANSF’s primary responsibility, ISAF will be poised and ready to respond to emergencies should the Afghan government request assistance.
“Every vote cast by an Afghan in these elections, regardless of who he or she might vote for, is a vote for a peaceful Afghanistan free of Taliban oppression,” he said.