Security was tight throughout southern Kandahar on Saturday as voters waited hours in line to cast their ballots in parliamentary elections that were delayed in the province by one week after an attack by an elite guard killed two top government officials, including a powerful provincial police chief.
At least four officials of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and two policemen were wounded in the attack, said Najib Danish, a spokesman for the interior ministry in Kabul. The Afghan elections have been rocked by repeated Taliban and Islamic State attacks.
Voting started at 7.00 a.m. local time [0230 GMT] and is due to end at 4.00 p.m. local time [1230GMT], according to Nematullah Wardak, head of the country's Independent Election Commission (IEC).
The ballot, which the Taliban had previously called a "vast American conspiracy" and vowed to attack, was marred by lengthy delays at polling centres, allegations of fraud and deadly violence.
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Preliminary results of nationwide voting are not expected before mid-November.
"The election commission supports the move and wants the people who tried to damage the election process to be punished", Abdul Aziz Ibrahimi, a deputy spokesman for the IEC said.
The US invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington's so-called war on terror.
The terrorist group has mostly been populating the eastern province of Nangarhar, from where it has carried out high-profile brutal attacks at major population centers across the country.