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

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Raziq was among three people killed in a brazen insider attack on a high-level security meeting in Kandahar city that was attended by General Scott Miller, the top U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commander in Afghanistan.

Parliamentary election has also been postponed for an indefinite period in Kandahar's neighboring Ghazni province. The roads will reopen after polls close at 4 p.m. "We want to vote and will do so even at the risk of our lives", has insured with the AFP Samiullah, an elector of the city of Kandahar.

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.

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The terrorist group has mostly been populating the eastern province of Nangarhar, from where it has carried out high-profile brutal attacks at major population centers across the country.

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

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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Streets in the city were quieter than usual at the beginning of the Afghan working week, after authorities restricted the use of cars and motorbikes during voting hours. People in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar on Saturday started voting for their favorite candidates for parliament, after a week-long delay in the process.

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.

The war toppled the militant group; however, some 17 years on, the Taliban are still active in two-thirds of the country and involved in widespread militancy, killing thousands of civilians as well as Afghan and United States forces despite the presence of US-led foreign troops.

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The IEC is scheduled to release preliminary results on November 10.

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