Kandahar goes to the polls in Afghan parliamentary vote delayed by violence

Suicide bomber targets electoral officials in Kabul

Suicide bomber targets electoral officials in Kabul

The attacker was "identified and gunned down by police before reaching his target", Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid told reporters.

Security was tight in southern Kandahar on Saturday for parliamentary elections that were delayed by one week after an attack by an elite guard killed two top government officials, including a powerful provincial police chief.

The attack comes as legislative election ballot boxes from the around the war-torn country are delivered to the IEC's heavily fortified compound in the Afghan capital.

According to it, almost four million people voted last weekend, in spite of many attacks perpetrated against the voters.

Saturday at 1,113 polling stations throughout Kandahar, but early reports said scores of polling stations were late opening because staff did not show up or election materials were not readily available.

Voting in the region was pushed back due to a Taliban attack on the eve of the elections, killing provincial police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq, intelligence chief Mumin Hussainkhil, and a journalist.

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IEC figures show roughly 4.2 million out of the almost nine million people registered to vote actually cast a ballot.

More than 2,500 candidates nationwide are running for 250 seats in the Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of the Afghan parliament, including more than 400 women.

Any citizen suspecting or witnessing fraud or irregularities should channel complaints through the relevant Afghan authorities, especially the Electoral Complaints Commission. But hiccups with biometric devices and voter lists persisted.

The voting in Kandahar Province was initially postponed a week and rescheduled for October 27 in the southern Afghan province after a high-profile attack by Taliban militants.

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

The attack took place after a meeting with the top United States commander in Afghanistan, General Scott Miller.

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