19 Election Officials Kidnapped Ahead Of Afghan Vote By Taliban
September 17, 2010
The Taliban has been sending threats, saying that voting booths will be targeted by insurgents who wish to stop the election, and that anyone who votes will be hurt in the process, RAW reports.
Abdul Rahman Hayat was one of the people kidnapped, a candidate running for public office within the lower house. The others were from the Bagdhis. Ten were campaign workers and eight were ballot officials.
Three candidates have already been killed during campaigning by Taliban insurgents bent on using petty thuggery to stop the voting process.
The attacks and kidnappings underline the seriousness of the instability in Afghanistan, which is still severely under threat. Despite this, thousands are expected to turn out, and the final preparation for the votes has been complete, officials have said.