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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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An Afghan woman shows her inked finger after casting her vote at a polling station during the Parliamentary elections in Kabul, Afghanistan 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

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - Afghanistan ’s parliamentary elections entered a second day Sunday following violence and chaos that caused delays and interruptions on “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.

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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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 The first parliamentary elections since 2010 are being held against a backdrop of near-daily attacks by the Taliban, who have seized

Afghanistan 's parliamentary elections entered a second day after delays caused by violence and technical issues , as a roadside bomb killed nearly a 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

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 (AP) — Afghanistan ’s parliamentary elections entered a second day on Sunday following violence and chaos that caused delays and 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

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan 's second day of parliamentary elections marred by violence and delays caused by technical issues came 20, 2018, photo, an employee of Independent Elections Commission, left, prepares a ballot paper for a young female voter before casting her vote

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.

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A suicide bomber blew himself up near the gate of Afghanistan's largest prison on Wednesday, killing at least three people and wounding three, officials said, but there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said the attacker detonated his explosive near a vehicle of the employees of the Pul-e-Charki prison in Kabul, the capital. Six people died near the gate of the prison on the eastern outskirts of Kabul, and three were injured, another government official said. "The attacker walked towards a vehicle that was parked at a gate for security clearance.

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