SCAF member: Plan in place to deal with potential election violence

The armed forces have been trained to deal with violence that might erupt during the presidential election scheduled to start Wednesday and Thursday, a member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has said.

Independent newspaper Al-Watan quoted Major General Hassan al-Roweiny as saying that the military has been trained to address any attempts to break into a polling station.

The army would secure polling stations from inside and outside, and would use loudspeakers to warn violators, Roweiny said. If breaches continue, military officers would arrest them.

Hatem Bagato, secretary general of the Presidential Elections Commission, had previously said at a news conference two days ago that security personnel would need permission from the head of the polling station to be allowed in.

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