Afghan election commission officials injured in blast near Kabul headquarters

Afghan election commission officials injured in blast near Kabul headquarters

Hajji Hamdullah Gulalai, head of one of the largest tribes in south Kandahar, complained bitterly about the chaos at polling stations, where workers were late arriving and had difficulty finding the names of people waiting to cast their ballots.

The terrorist group has mostly been populating the eastern province of Nangarhar, from where it has carried out high-profile brutal attacks at major population centers across the country.

However, Independent Election Commission (IEC) said no poll would be held in the restive Maruf and Nish districts, as no voters have so far been registered there.

Millions of Afghans risked their lives to vote in the elections that were held over two weekends.

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

In view of the challenging security environment in which the elections took place, the United Nations commends the many Afghans for their participation and recognizes the expectations citizens now have that the electoral authorities will ensure that their votes are counted and that any fraudulent ballots will be weeded out.

While preparations had been "better" in Kandahar compared with the previous weekend, hiccups with biometric devices and voter lists persisted. At some sites the gadgets were not used at all. Thirty-two of Afghanistan's 34 provinces voted over two days on Oct 20-21.

"I have defied all the threats of attacks and explosions to vote".

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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 USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in Afghanistan, Gen. Scott Miller, who escaped unhurt.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the insurgent group was responsible.

The attack on 18th October left the provincial police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq and provincial intelligence chief Gen. Abdul Momin dead.

As voting centres closed, there were no reports of violence. People in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar on Saturday started voting for their favorite candidates for parliament, after a week-long delay in the process.

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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.

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