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Afghans tighten election security

2010-09-17 03:24:10 GMT2010-09-17 11:24:10 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Security remains a concern in Kandahar as election staff prepare for parliamentary elections.

On the eve of Parliamentary elections in Afghanistan, security was a main concern in the southern province of Kandahar - Afghanistan's Taliban heartland.

While Afghan police searched cars -- ballot boxes and other election paraphernalia were loaded into trucks to be dispatched to districts throughout the province.

Independent Election Commission chief Fazik Ahmad Manawi.

(SOUNDBITE) (Dari) INDEPENDENT ELECTION COMMISSION CHIEF, FAZIL AHMAD MANAWI, SAYING:

"Security is the first challenge, it's also the second challenge and it will also be the third challenge, if you ask me. The other problems are solvable."

More than 2,500 candidates are contesting the 249 parliamentary seats.

Jon Decker, Reuters.

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