Anbar - INA
Anbar Operations Commander, Lieutenant-General Nasser Al-Ghannam, confirmed today, Friday, that the security forces carried out number of military operations deep in the desert to secure the polling day.
Al-Ghannam said in a statement to the Iraqi News Agency (INA): “A security deployment is carried out in Anbar province, coinciding with operations implemented deep in the desert by the security forces to prevent any emergency affecting the elections.”
He explained that “there is no curfew inside the province, and the roads are completely open, with the exception of big vehicles and motorcycles," noting that "there is a ban on movement between Anbar and other provinces."
Al-Ghannam pointed out that " Anbar Operations Command implemented a wide plan to secure the 43 polling stations for special voting, and full measures were taken to protect them," stressing that "the plan includes securing the city center, districts and sub-districts."
He also emphasized that "All the security services are cooperating and there is high coordination for the success of the elections," stressing that "the military member has the freedom to choose whoever he wants, and there are no pressures to impose a candidate."
He added: "There is a flow of movement and a large turnout at the polling stations, the military units have begun to send their members on groups to the polling stations and then return to carry out their duties."