There have been reports of attacks on several polling stations in Afghanistan’s elections, in which at least one person has been killed, according to AFP news agency. Voters voted hard in security measures in the presidential election, in which there is fierce competition between the incumbent President Ashraf Ghani and the country’s chief executive Abdullah Abdullah.
Authorities partially blocked parts of the city and banned the entry of trucks into the city to prevent suicide bombers from entering the city, due to security concerns.
According to Reuters news agency, several injured voters are receiving medical help at a Kandahar hospital after a blast near a polling station in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
Faiz Muhammad , a local man at the hospital said he went to vote with a relative at a mosque when the blast occurred and as a result his relative was injured. The blast took place an hour after the voting process began. According to a senior Afghan official, 14 people were injured and taken to a hospital.
On the other hand, according to the Election Commission of Afghanistan, voting has been extended by two hours due to the long queues at the polling station.
According to spokesman Election Commission, the election process has been closed at three polling centers at present, while it is not yet known whether the election process will be held at the other four centers.
Earlier, it was said that 5,000 centers across the country would be open for voting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has also cast his vote. On the other hand, according to the governor’s office in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, Governor Shah Mahmood has also exercised his right to vote.
Thousands of Afghan security forces have been deployed across the country to counter Taliban militants threatening to target polling stations.
Previously, the elections have been delayed twice as there were ongoing talks about peacedeals transpiring between Afghanistan and USA .