Voting underway for parliamentary elections in Kandahar province

Suicide bomber targets electoral officials in Kabul

Saturday at 1,113 polling stations throughout Kandahar, but early reports said scores of polling stations were late opening because staff did not show up or election materials were not readily available.

Kandahar residents will choose 11 candidates out of 111 parliamentary candidates Saturday, a week after the rest of the country voted. It had also cautioned teachers not to use schools as voting booths. Voters also complained about problems with the voter lists and said that there were also problems regarding the biometric system.

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.

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. They are also high for the US, which is still seeking an exit strategy after 17 years of war that has cost more than $900 billion and claimed the lives of more than 2,400 USA service personnel.

The Monday morning suicide attack near election commission in Kabul, Afghanistan has claimed the life of one and injured 6 others, Kabul police spokesman said.

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No individual or group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

Six bodies and 31 wounded had been taken to hospitals in the city, health director Salim Asgharkhil said.

The parliamentary election, which was more than three years late and the third since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, is seen as a dry run for next year's presidential vote.

But some polling centers had still not opened by 8am, while dozens of people lined up outside. Technical glitches with a new biometric identification system introduced to stem fraud allegations instead created confusion and caused delays lasting hours, frustrating voters and challenging the credibility of the polls.

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