Polling in Afghanistan Parliamentary Elections are Now Open

  • Parliamentary elections are now open in Afghanistan. Reports say 2,565 candidates are fighting it out for 250 parliamentary seats. Voters have started casting their votes amid concerns of Taliban attack. Till the voting day, 10 candidates have been killed by the Talibans. Thirty per cent of the total polling stations are closed due to security reasons. A fatal attack was carried out on a top police chief (Gen Abdul Raziq) in Kandahar province by a rogue bodyguard after a high-level security meeting. The US commander Gen Scott Miller narrowly escaped the attack, which was claimed by the Talibans. Polling has been postponed in Kandahar province for a week. To protect 21,000 polling stations, Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry has increased the deployment of Afghan National Security Forces by to 70,000.