Afghan Residents Risk Their Lives To Vote In Delayed Kandahar Poll

29 October, 2018, 16:48 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Suicide bomber targets electoral officials in Kabul

Police early on October 29 said a suicide attacker on foot blew himself up near a vehicle outside the office.

"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 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.

As Kandahar is about to witness the parliamentary elections on Saturday, some residents of the southern province said they are ready to participate in the process and vote for their favorite candidate.

It was not immediately clear how many people were at the site at the time of the attack.

More than 500,000 voters are expected to vote in peril of their lives in the province of Kandahar, the largest in the country and the birthplace of the taliban.

On the first day of the elections, 15 people were killed in a suicide attack in the capital Kabul.

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Around 300 people had been killed or injured last Saturday in the margin of the vote, according to a count by the AFP.

The election, held up for years amid disputes between political factions over voting rules, is one of the biggest tests of Afghanistan's ability to protect itself since an worldwide security force mostly withdrew in 2014.

The Electoral Complaints Commission has received thousands of complaints following three days of voting in 33 out of 34 provinces. Ibrahimi said 111 candidates were vying for 11 seats in Parliament from southern Kandahar in Afghanistan's 249-seat chamber.

Miller escaped unhurt, but US Brigadier General Jeffrey Smiley was among 13 people wounded in the shooting claimed by the Taliban.

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.

The IEC is scheduled to release preliminary results on November 10.

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