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Kandahar to vote for parliament candidates

AT-KABUL: People in the southern province of Kandahar are to come out to elect their representatives in the parliament, a week later the polls were opened in another 32 provinces (Polling sites remain closed in Ghazni province for some unknown reasons) as the election was postponed because of the killing of top provincial security officials in an attack two days before the voting.

Officials in the Independent Election Commission’s provincial office said that everything was ready for the election and the polling stations would open in the morning.

People in Kandahar express happiness for the election, saying they would be interested to vote for their parliamentarians. They hope that election was held with more transparency there than it was in other areas, as it was important for them to vote in a secure atmosphere.

“We want to vote. We will come out for the election even if it is dangerous for us. Afghanistan has been torn apart during the war, so we will decide for our future by electing our candidates,” said Samiollah, a resident of the Kandahar city, the provincial capital.

“I think election in Kandahar will be better than in the other provinces,” said Janan, another resident of the city. Another voter, Sami Tarin, hoped the voting would be safe and secure.

Kandahar was hosting President Ghani and other officials who flew there this week to mourn provincial police chief Abdul Razeq and offer condolences to his family.

“We have continued contacts with security officials who have assured us in providing tight security of the election,” Nematollah Wardak, head of the election commission’s office in Wardak said.

112 candidates are competing for the province’s 11 seats in the parliament. 560,000 people have been reported to have registered in Kandahar to vote.

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