Published: Mon, October 29, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

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

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

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

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 USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commander in Afghanistan.

Bass added: "We commend all Afghan voters, candidates, observers, volunteers and security forces who turned out to support this month's parliamentary elections".

Some 173 polling stations opened throughout the region, although voting was suspended in the districts of Maruf and Nesh owing to a lack of security.

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.

People attend a burial ceremony of General Abdul Razeq, the Kandahar police commander, who was killed in yesterday's attack, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan October 19, 2018.

The Taliban-claimed blast happened as the bus entered a police compound in the Wardak provincial capital of Maidan Shar, provincial police spokesman Hekmatullah Durrani told AFP.

However earlier in the day as voters waited for centers to open one resident said: "We request that the process must start as soon as possible, the people have got work and some left their children at home to come and vote", Ahmad said.

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.

That was significantly higher than the government's casualty figures, supporting speculation that officials had deliberately downplayed the violence so voters would not be scared off.

The election, held up for years amid disputes between political factions over voting rules, is one of the biggest tests of Afghanistan's ability to protect itself since an worldwide security force mostly withdrew in 2014.

On October 20, Afghanistan held its much-delayed parliamentary elections, the provisional results of which will be announced on November 10 and final ones on December 20.

Like this: