Kabul attack on election workers kills 1

Kabul attack on election workers kills 1

Kabul attack on election workers kills 1

The faults recorded the last weekend seemed to be repeated in spite of the strong criticism issued against the independent electoral Commission (IEC), which organises the poll.

On Saturday voters in Kandahar - the southern birthplace of the Taliban and a province notorious for ballot stuffing - went to the polls.

An AFP correspondent visited several polling centres in the city where election workers did not know how to use the biometric machines.

Parliamentary elections were held last Saturday throughout Afghanistan, with the exception of Ghazni province, three years later than scheduled and with about 4 million citizens casting ballots, some 45 per cent of the population. Yet millions of Afghans have defied Taliban threats and waited, often for hours, to cast their votes.

Provincial governor spokesman Abdul Rahman Mangal confirmed the death toll.

Miller escaped unhurt, but US Brigadier General Jeffrey Smiley was among 13 people wounded in the shooting claimed by the Taliban. The delay came in the wake of the assassination of Kandahar police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq.

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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.

It was not clear how many people were present at the time of the attack around the election commission's sprawling compound located near an arterial road in the city.

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

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

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.

Unofficial election results of the parliamentary balloting are not expected before mid-November and official results sometime in December.

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