Kandahar Residents Ready To Vote

An Afghan Independent Election Commission official scans a voter with a biometric device at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Kandahar province on October 27,2018

Voting in Kandahar was pushed back a week after police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq Achakzai was killed in a Taliban-claimed attack October 18, two days before the election.

An Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) official scans a voter with a biometric device at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Kandahar province on October 27,2018.

"The explosion happened 20 metres from the vehicles of the IEC employees", Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid told AFP.

Kandaharians will cast their votes in 173 polling stations across the province.

The Afghan elections were rocked by repeated Taliban and Islamic State attacks.

IEC figures suggest around half of the almost nine million people registered to vote actually cast a ballot.

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

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

After waiting a week to cast their votes, Kandahar residents have finally been able to post their ballots in this parliamentary election. "A team from the central IEC office is in Kandahar to manage the process", said Wardak.

"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.

There are 112 candidates, of whom 12% are women, for Kandahar's 11 parliamentary seats, the IEC said.

Kandahar is the birthplace of the Taliban and has always been a center of the insurgency that has been waged throughout years of worldwide intervention since the Taliban were toppled during a USA bombing campaign in 2001.

The province's powerful provincial police chief, Gen. Abdul Raziq, was killed, as well as at least another provincial official and several policemen.

Raziq was among three people killed in a brazen insider attack on a high-level security meeting in Kandahar city that was attended by General Scott Miller, the top U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commander in Afghanistan.

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