Afghan security officials are assuring the public that nearly all the country's polling stations will be safe during April's presidential and provincial elections.
Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said on January 11 that a security assessment done for the upcoming elections showed that safety can be "guaranteed" at 6,431 of Afghanistan's 6,845 polling stations.
Sediqqi said the efforts are already under way to ensure safety at the remaining 414 polling stations.
General Murad Ali Murad of the Afghan National Army said he believed the security situation for the April elections is much better than it was for the 2009 presidential and 2010 parliamentary elections.
"The conditions have totally changed compared to past elections," Murad told reporters in Kabul on January 11.
The Taliban has threatened to sabotage the poll and warned people not to vote.
Based on reporting by AP and dpa