Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Voting starts in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar amid tight security

Suicide bomber targets electoral officials in Kabul Afghans risk their lives to vote in delayed Kandahar poll
Gerardo Duncan | 29 October, 2018, 16:51

According to police, a suicide bomber on foot detonated his explosives close to the gate of the offices.

One police officer and one IEC staff member were killed in the attack, said security officials, adding that another seven people - four IEC staff members, two police officers and one civilian - were wounded.

The Taliban-claimed blast happened as the bus entered a police compound in the Wardak provincial capital of Maidan Shar, provincial police spokesman Hekmatullah Durrani told AFP.

Afghans risked their lives to vote in legislative elections in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, after the Taliban-claimed killing of a powerful police chief delayed the ballot by a week.

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

After the incident, authorities postponed the elections to the Afghan Parliament for today.

IEC figures suggest around half of the almost nine million people registered to vote actually cast a ballot.

According to reports, 109 candidates are running for the parliamentary elections from Kandahar province, including 96 men and 13 women.

The Electoral Complaints Commission has received thousands of complaints following three days of voting in 33 out of 34 provinces.

The election is seen as a dry run for next year's presidential vote and an important milestone ahead of a United Nations meeting in Geneva in November where Afghanistan is under pressure to show progress on "democratic processes".

Insurgent groups, especially Taliban militants, had vowed to disrupt the polling process.

Preliminary nationwide results are expected to be released in November.

Voting in the 32 provinces also saw a high turnout but problems with new biometric verification devices, missing or incomplete voter rolls and absent election workers following Taliban threats meant many voters waited for hours.

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