Afghans turn out for delayed vote

29 October, 2018, 16:48 | Author: Charlene Valdez
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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.

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.

Voters in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar are going to the polls in parliamentary elections on Saturday, one week later than the rest of the country, delayed due to a high-profile assassination.

More than 4 million people cast their ballots elsewhere last weekend despite violence and logistical issues, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said.

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Polls closed at 5 p.m. local time but election officials could not immediately determine the turnout from the 567,000 registered voters in Kandahar.

On election day, the Taliban had carried out around 200 attacks, which left at least 36 dead and 126 wounded.

Millions of Afghans risked their lives to vote in the elections that were held over two weekends.

IEC figures suggest around half of the almost nine million people registered to vote actually cast a ballot. The number of people who were present at the site at the time of the attack is not clear. But hiccups with biometric devices and voter lists persisted.

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

More than 2,500 candidates nationwide are running for 250 seats in the Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of the Afghan parliament, including more than 400 women.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the insurgent group was responsible.

With vote counting under way, the IEC is scheduled to release preliminary results on November 10.

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Streets in the city were quieter than usual at the beginning of the Afghan working week, after authorities restricted the use of cars and motorbikes during voting hours.

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