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OffbeatAfghan vote enters 2nd day after attacks, technical issues

12:15  21 october  2018
12:15  21 october  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Afghan vote enters 2nd day after attacks, technical issues© The Associated Press An Afghan woman shows her inked finger after casting her vote at a polling station during the Parliamentary elections in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. Tens of thousands of Afghan forces fanned out across the country as voting began Saturday in the elections that followed a campaign marred by relentless violence. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan's parliamentary elections entered a second day after delays caused by violence and technical issues, as a roadside bomb killed nearly a dozen civilians on Sunday, including several children.

Independent Elections Commission Chairman Abdul Badi Sayat said more than 3 million people out of 8.8 million registered voters cast their ballots on Saturday. The biggest turnout was in Kabul and the lowest in the southern Uruzgan province.

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"Those eligible voters who were not able to cast their vote , due to technical issues , deserve the right to vote ," it said in a statement. The Taliban had vowed to attack the election, and on the first day of polling at least 36 people were killed in nearly 200 attacks , including 27 civilians

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan 's parliamentary elections entered a second day after delays caused by violence and technical issues , as a roadside bomb killed nearly a dozen civilians on Sunday, including several children. Independent Elections Commission Chairman Abdul Badi Sayat

Polling on Sunday continues in 401 voting centers, including 45 in Kabul. Polls close at 4 p.m. (1130 GMT). The results of the polling will not be released before mid-November and final results will not be out until December.

The first parliamentary elections since 2010 are being held against a backdrop of near-daily attacks by the Taliban, who have seized nearly half the country and have repeatedly refused offers to negotiate with the Kabul government. The U.S.-backed government is rife with corruption, and many Afghans have said they do not expect the elections to be fair.

Officials at polling stations struggled with voter registration and a new biometric system that was aimed at stemming fraud but instead created enormous confusion because many of those trained on the system did not show up for work. The biometric machines arrived just a month before polls and there was no time to do field testing.

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KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan 's parliamentary elections entered a second day after delays caused by violence and technical issues , as a roadside bomb killed nearly a dozen civilians on Sunday, including several children. Independent Elections Commission Chairman Abdul Badi Sayat

KABUL, Afghanistan : Afghanistan ’s parliamentary elections entered a second day after delays caused by violence and technical issues , as a roadside bomb killed nearly a dozen civilians on Sunday, including several children. Independent Elections Commission Chairman Abdul Badi Sayat

The U.N. mission in Afghanistan praised those who had made an effort to vote despite the technical issues, many of whom waited in long lines for hours as polling stations remained open late. "Those eligible voters who were not able to cast their vote, due to technical issues, deserve the right to vote," it said in a statement.

The Taliban had vowed to attack the election, and on the first day of polling at least 36 people were killed in nearly 200 attacks, including 27 civilians, according to Interior Minister Akhtar Mohammed Ibrahimi. He said security forces killed 31 insurgents in gun battles.

On Sunday, a roadside bomb in the eastern Nangarhar province struck a vehicle filled with civilians, killing 11 people, including six children, according to Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor.

No one immediately claimed the attack. The Taliban and an Islamic State affiliate are both active in Nangarhar. Afghan civilians are often killed by roadside bombs intended to target security forces.

Afghan election commission officials injured in blast near Kabul headquarters.
A suicide bomber detonated explosives near Afghanistan's election commission headquarters in Kabul on Monday, injuring at least six people, officials said. At least four officials of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and two policemen were wounded in the attack, said Najib Danish, a spokesman for the interior ministry in Kabul. The attack came as officials at the IEC have begun counting votes after much-delayed parliamentary polls in 33 of Afghanistan's 34 provinces were completed last week.

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