Voting underway for parliamentary elections in Kandahar province

29 October, 2018, 16:47 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Suicide bomber targets electoral officials in Kabul

Kandahar's police chief office spokesman, Ahmad Zia Dorani said no security incidents had been reported in any polling station around the province, according to the Associated Press.

"The suicide bomber blew himself up next to a auto of an IEC [Independent Election Commission] staff member that was parked near a police checkpoint", said an election body official.

The attacker was "identified and gunned down by police before reaching his target", Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid told reporters.

After waiting a week to cast their votes, Kandahar residents have finally been able to post their ballots in this parliamentary election.

The terrorist group has mostly been populating the eastern province of Nangarhar, from where it has carried out high-profile brutal attacks at major population centers across the country.

The voting process in Kandahar started under tight security at 08:00 a.m. local time, as security forces have started checking cars crossing throughout the election sites in the provincial capital Kandahar city and other districts.

The election, which the Taliban had vowed to attack, was marred by deadly violence, with hundreds killed or wounded in scores of attacks.

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According to the Independent Election Commission, at least 8.8 million people have been issued voter cards to cast votes for 2,500 candidates seeking seats in the Wolesi Jirga (lower house of parliament).

The policeman, who was martyred, was injured in the attack and later died of his wounds.

Election officials could not immediately determine the turnout from the 567,000 registered voters in Kandahar.

This year's elections have become the first parliamentary election in Afghanistan since 2010.

On Saturday voters in Kandahar - the southern birthplace of the Taliban and a province notorious for ballot stuffing - went to the polls. But hiccups with biometric devices and voter lists persisted. It had also cautioned teachers not to use schools as voting booths.

The taliban and the group islamic State had long promised attacks on the day of the vote.

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