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Taliban in a statement has warned members of the public to avoid attending election campaign gatherings as they have ordered their fighters to target campaign rallies throughout the country and prevent the “fake” process of elections.
The Afghan presidential election is scheduled for September 28. Eighteen candidates are running for president, including the incumbent President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.
Taliban claims in the statement that the 2014 presidential elections were marred by direct interference by the US and it was brokered by the former US Secretary of State John Kerry while the people’s votes were ignored.
The group says the election in Afghanistan has no legitimacy in the presence of foreign forces in the country. The group warns the people to void attending election campaign rallies so that they are not harmed because the group “will target the campaign gatherings”.
The group calls on all stakeholders to use their “energy and resources” in supporting “a real peace” in the country so that the peace process is not “affected” at this “sensitive phase”. The Taliban says in the statement that the fighters of the group have been ordered to stand against the “fake process of election” throughout the country.