Published: Mon, October 29, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Voting starts in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar amid tight security

Voting starts in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar amid tight security

Both the Taliban and the Islamic State had threatened to disrupt parliamentary elections in Afghanistan, which were held in most provinces on October 20 and in southern Kandahar province last Saturday.

The Kandahar governor's spokesman says major roads throughout the province were closed Friday to all vehicles, except those with prior security clearance.

But long queues of voters had formed as early as 07: 00 local time (02h30 GMT), the polls opened two hours late.

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

The election commission has also said that 567,000 people have registered to vote in Kandahar.

Voting in parliamentary elections has been completed in 33 of the country's 34 provinces.

Kandahar Governor Zalmay Wesa was seriously hurt in the October 18 attack that killed provincial police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq and also targeted the commander of U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in Afghanistan, Gen. Scott Miller, who escaped unhurt.

The IEC previously said votes not biometrically verified would be rejected.

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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.

Stakes are high for Afghans hoping to overhaul Parliament, challenge the dominance of warlords and the politically corrupt and replace them with a younger, more educated generation of politicians.

Kabul, Oct 29 A suicide attacker on foot blew himself up near a vehicle as it entered the head office of Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday, wounding at least six people, officials said.

Last weekend's countrywide voting in Afghanistan's first parliamentary elections in eight years suffered from violence and chaos, with multiple attacks killing more than 50 people in two days of voting.

Residents said some polling stations opened late and voter material also only arrived late at some centers.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast yet.

The elections were initially planned to take place in 2015 but were delayed due to security challenges and political and economic instability.

"In some provinces, there were problems in voting on the elections day".

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