Afghanistan: Kandahar goes to polls after week's delay

Afghanistan: Kandahar goes to polls after week's delay

An insurgent had detonated about 15 metres from the vehicle in which the poll body officials were travelling, Kabul police spokesperson Basir Mujahid was cited as saying by Efe news.

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.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which comes as thousands of ballot boxes from around the war-torn country are delivered to the IEC's heavily fortified compound in Kabul following chaotic and deadly legislative elections.

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

"People are determined to take part in the election because they want to show the Taliban that terror can not stop the Afghans from deciding their future", Dawa Khan Menapal, an independent candidate, said before the voting in Kandahar.

People attend a burial ceremony of General Abdul Razeq, the Kandahar police commander, who was killed in yesterday's attack, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan October 19, 2018.

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"People are frustrated and waiting for hours in long lines", said Gulalai who voted at a polling station set up in a Kandahar city school.

On Saturday voters in Kandahar - the southern birthplace of the Taliban and a province notorious for ballot stuffing - went to the polls.

According to reports, 109 candidates are running for the parliamentary elections from Kandahar province, including 96 men and 13 women.

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

Preliminary nationwide results are expected to be released in November.

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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