Afghanistan: voting in Kandahar, a week after the rest of the country

Afghanistan: voting in Kandahar, a week after the rest of the country

However earlier in the day as voters waited for centers to open one resident said: "We request that the process must start as soon as possible, the people have got work and some left their children at home to come and vote", Ahmad said.

More than 500,000 voters are expected to vote in peril of their lives in the province of Kandahar, the largest in the country and the birthplace of the taliban.

Parliamentary elections were held on Saturday in Kandahar, a week after the rest of the country.

On October 21, when elections were held in polling stations that could not open on the main polling day, 11 people died in an explosion.

"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.

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.

The Electoral Complaints Commission has received thousands of complaints following three days of voting in 33 out of 34 provinces.




While preparations had been "better" in Kandahar compared with the previous weekend, hiccups with biometric devices and voter lists persisted.

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

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

Miller escaped unhurt, but US Brigadier General Jeffrey Smiley was among 13 people wounded in the shooting claimed by the Taliban.

That was significantly higher than the government's casualty figures, supporting speculation that officials had deliberately downplayed the violence so voters would not be scared off.

The IEC is scheduled to release preliminary results on November 10.

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