Afghanistan: Kandahar goes to polls after week's delay

29 October, 2018, 16:49 | Author: Mable Gonzales
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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.

Four IEC employees and two police were wounded, he said.

The residents in the Afghan province of Kandahar cast their vote today in the parliamentary elections, which were postponed due to an attack last week. The roads will reopen after polls close at 4 p.m.

With voting in parliamentary elections largely complete following yesterday's delayed vote in Kandahar, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) urges the country's electoral authorities to safeguard the integrity and transparency of the electoral process, especially concerning vote counting, as well as the tabulation and announcement of results.

Scores of attacks marred the first day of the election on October 20, with an AFP tally showing almost 300 civilians and security forces were killed or wounded in poll-related violence.

The election commission has also said that 567,000 people have registered to vote in Kandahar. "We want to vote and will do so even at the risk of our lives", has insured with the AFP Samiullah, an elector of the city of Kandahar.

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

The IEC statistics show that 111 candidates from Kandahar will compete for 11 seats in the Wolesi Jirga, the Afghan parliament, of which three seats are only for women.

Islamic State claimed responsibility on Monday for a blast near the election commission in Afghan capital Kabul, according to a statement on the group's Amaq news agency.

These legislative elections are the first in Afghanistan to make use of biometric devices at voting centers.

An independent monitoring group said voting also was marred by ballot stuffing and intimidation by armed men affiliated with candidates in 19 of the country's 32 provinces that were voting last weekend.


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