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Security For Afghan Polls Described As Stable

25 August 2005 -- The chief organizer of Afghanistan's landmark parliamentary elections next month said today the security situation in the country is "stable."

However Peter Erben, Chief Electoral Officer for the Joint Electoral Management Body (JEMB), added that the situation is "fragile" and could deteriorate very quickly.

On 23 August, the chief of the UN mission in Afghanistan warned that an upsurge in violence could disrupt the 18 September polls.

UN envoy Jean Arnault said that attacks in the south, southeast, and east of Afghanistan, if continued, could disenfranchise parts of the ethnic Pashtu population, which is dominant there.