Afghanistans Kandahar province votes a week late after police chief killed

Suicide bomber targets electoral officials in Kabul

An insurgent had detonated about 15 metres from the vehicle in which the poll body officials were travelling, Kabul police spokesperson Basir Mujahid was cited as saying by Efe news.

An Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) official scans a voter with a biometric device at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Kandahar province on October 27,2018.

More than half a million people - the vast majority of them men - were registered to vote in Kandahar province where more than 100 candidates competed for 11 lower-house seats. At least 4 million people participated in the elections.

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

Before the parliamentary elections, militants of the Taliban movement, which does not recognize the vote, announced their intention to sabotage the electoral process.

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

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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.

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

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.

The election is seen as a dry run for next year's presidential vote and an important milestone ahead of a United Nations meeting in Geneva in November where Afghanistan is under pressure to show progress on "democratic processes".

Preliminary nationwide results are expected to be released in November. It had also cautioned teachers not to use schools as voting booths.

Kandahar is the birthplace of the Taliban and has always been a center of the insurgency that has been waged throughout years of global intervention since the Taliban were toppled during a U.S. bombing campaign in 2001.

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