Afghans vote in south Kandahar’s delayed elections

Afghans vote in south Kandahar’s delayed elections

Afghans went to polling stations in the country's southern province of Kandahar on October 27 to vote in parliamentary elections.

Major roads throughout southern Kandahar were closed almost 24 hours before polls opened to stop vehicle-born explosive devices from entering the province, said provincial governor's spokesman Aziz Ahmed Azizi.

One police officer was killed and six others, including election workers and policemen, were wounded in the blast.

Afghanistan's first parliamentary elections since 2010 were held against a backdrop of near-daily attacks by the Taliban, who have seized almost half the country and have repeatedly refused offers to negotiate with the Afghanistan government.

Afghanistan's parliamentary elections were held against a backdrop of violence, with a multitude of attacks killing at least 36 people.

The Taliban claimed that attack and said they also targeted Washington's top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Scott Miller, who was unhurt.

More than half a million people were registered to vote across the province, according to the IEC's media relations office, with women making up roughly 1 in 8 registered voters.Turnout figures have not yet been released. Another eight people were wounded, he said, although the casualty numbers could rise.

Two days before the elections last weekend, General Abdul Razeq was assassinated by one of the security guards of Kandahar Governor Zalmai Wesa.

The eastern province of Ghazni has also seen its polls delayed due to security and logistical issues.

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