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On the first day of the elections, 15 people were killed in a suicide attack in the capital Kabul.

"We were anxious about attacks but our security arrangement worked to prevent disruption of the vote", Zia Durani, a spokesman for Kandahar police.

The voting in Kandahar Province was initially postponed a week and rescheduled for October 27 in the southern Afghan province after a high-profile attack by Taliban militants.

Polls closed at 5 p.m. local time but election officials could not immediately determine the turnout from the 567,000 registered voters in Kandahar.

So far, the electoral body has received thousands of complaints following the vote.

While preparations had been "better" in Kandahar compared with the previous weekend, hiccups with biometric devices and voter lists persisted.

Despite delays caused by technical and organisational glitches, voters waited patiently to cast their vote.

The vote in Kandahar had been delayed by a week after the murder, on October 18, the controversial but respected provincial chief of police, general Abdul Raziq, a man of a strong anti-taliban regarded him as a bulwark against the insurgency in the south.

Kabul police chief spokesperson Basir Mujahid said the bomber exploded his vehicle outside the office of the Independent Election Commission after police suspected his intentions and opened fire.

The general Scott Miller, commander-in-chief of the american army and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in Afghanistan, present at the time of the attack, was unharmed.

IEC figures suggest around half of the almost nine million people registered to vote actually cast a ballot.

The discrepancy also added to concerns about the lack of transparency and credibility in the election, which is more than three years late and the third since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

With the Taliban operating freely across much of the country and heavy pressure from worldwide partners for the vote to be held, the election was seen as a major test of the credibility of the government.

Ibrahimi said 111 candidates were vying for 11 seats in Parliament from southern Kandahar in Afghanistan's 249-seat chamber.


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