Published: Mon, October 29, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Kandahar Residents Ready To Vote

Kandahar Residents Ready To Vote

According to security officials, the suicide bomber targeted a vehicle carrying IEC staffers.

He said four employees of the IEC and two police officers were wounded.

In a WhatsApp message, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said "tens of Afghan police and soldiers were killed" in the attack.

The attack came as Afghan officials were beginning to count ballots from its long-delayed parliamentary elections held over the past two weeks under tight security.

The ballot, which the Taliban had vowed to attack, was marred by lengthy delays at polling centres, allegations of fraud, and deadly violence, with hundreds killed or wounded in scores of attacks.

That compares with almost nine million on the voter roll, but many suspect a significant number of those were based on fake identification documents that fraudsters planned to use to stuff ballot boxes.

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Many suspect a significant number of those on the voter roll were based on fake identification documents that fraudsters planned to use to stuff ballot boxes.

Before the parliamentary elections, militants of the Taliban movement, which does not recognize the vote, announced their intention to sabotage the electoral process.

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". More than 2,500 candidates are competing for the 250 seats in the lower house.

Preliminary nationwide results are expected to be released in November. Voters also complained about problems with the voter lists and said that there were also problems regarding the biometric system.

An Afghan voter casts his ballot at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Kandahar city, capital of Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on October 27, 2018.

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.

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