Kabul attack on election workers kills 1

Suicide bomber targets electoral officials in Kabul

Polls closed at 5 p.m. local time but election officials could not immediately determine the turnout from the 567,000 registered voters in Kandahar.

The IEC previously said votes not biometrically verified would be rejected.

Officials from the Independent Election Commission's (IEC) regional office in Kandahar said Sunday that 148 IEC staff members failed to report to their polling centers or stations in the province on Saturday, citing security threats and a "lack of appropriate privileges" as the reason.

In a WhatsApp message, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said "tens of Afghan police and soldiers were killed" in the attack.

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.

Turbaned men and burqa-clad women stood in long, segregated queues outside polling centres in the deeply conservative Kandahar provincial capital, which was blanketed with heavy security in anticipation of militant attacks.




At least one policeman and civilian were killed in a suicide explosion bombing outside the offices of Afghanistan's election body in Kabul on Monday morning, TOLOnews reported, quoting police.

"There were problems with the voter's registration lists, some (sections of the) alphabet were missing and people were disappointed and left the process without casting their votes", Rohullah a resident of Kandahar said. Thirty-two of Afghanistan's 34 provinces voted over two days on Oct 20-21.

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

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast yet.

The ballot was also marred by lengthy delays at polling stations and allegations of fraud.

The eastern province of Ghazni has also seen its polls delayed due to security and logistical issues.

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