NATO’s secretary—general says he believes the security situation in Afghanistan should allow the country’s parliamentary elections to be conducted “in a free and fair manner.”

Anders Fogh Rasmussen also says that he expects Saturday’s vote to be “more transparent and more reliable” than last year’s disputed presidential elections.

Mr. Rasmussen was speaking on Wednesday at his monthly briefing at the alliance’s Brussels headquarters.

Tensions already are rising before Saturday’s election. The Taliban has vowed to target polling stations and warned Afghans not to participate in what it calls a sham vote.

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