Afghanistan: Kandahar Votes After Week-long Delay Due to Violence

Suicide bomber targets electoral officials in Kabul

Hottak said the auto bomb detonated in the provincial capital of Maidan Shahr as two busloads of mechanics arrived at the gate to begin their day's work.

Meanwhile, Afghan sources announced that famous commander of Taliban Molla Mahmoud and two others were killed in a conflict with army forces in Pichiragam district, Nangarhar.

As Kandahar is about to witness the parliamentary elections on Saturday, some residents of the southern province said they are ready to participate in the process and vote for their favorite candidate.

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.

Four IEC employees and two police were wounded, he said.

The ballot, which the Taliban had vowed to attack, was marred by deadly violence, with hundreds killed or wounded in scores of attacks.

Kabul police chief spokesperson Basir Mujahid said the bomber exploded his vehicle outside the office of the Independent Election Commission after police suspected his intentions and opened fire.

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

The absence of judges, voters list, biometric terminals (which are taxed at the last minute) or staff knowing the handle had resulted in long queues across the country and postponed the vote for a day in more than 250 offices.

So far, the electoral body has received thousands of complaints following the vote. Ibrahimi said 111 candidates were vying for 11 seats in Parliament from southern Kandahar in Afghanistan's 249-seat chamber.

These legislative elections are the first in Afghanistan to make use of biometric devices at voting centers.

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 United States bombing campaign in 2001.

Preliminary results of the elections held on October 20-21 are expected to be announced on November 10, while final results are due by December 20.

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