Meantime, balloting hours had been prolonged — some into Sunday — at many polling stations throughout the nation after technical glitches and lack of workers delayed operations, resulting in lengthy strains, the nation’s Impartial Electoral Fee, or IEC, stated.
The deaths and accidents throughout the capital metropolis had been confirmed by Ministry of Public Well being official Muhibullah Zaheer. The variety of incidents and particulars of what occurred weren’t instantly accessible.
After casting his poll Saturday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani thanked legislation enforcement, election officers and residents who made the election doable, “regardless of the dangers concerned.”
“As we speak we proved collectively that we uphold democracy. With casting our ballots with out concern we honor the sacrifices of the fallen,” he tweeted.
The Taliban had warned Afghans forward of the vote to not take part in what they referred to as “an American undertaking from begin to end.”
It isn’t but clear how logistical issues at many polling stations will have an effect on turnout figures.
Voting in Kandahar was delayed for per week following Raziq’s demise.
‘This can be a failed course of’
Efforts had been being made to resolve delays within the opening of among the voting websites and facilities attributable to technical points, Shaima Alam Soroush, a deputy spokeswoman for the IEC, informed reporters in Kabul.
A marketing campaign supervisor, Israr Karimzai, informed CNN that he had “20 studies of various facilities throughout the nation the place persons are being denied their proper to vote” as a result of “no poll papers or no biometric units or IEC workers have proven up” on the polling stations.
A candidate in Kabul informed CNN she had been ready for greater than an hour to vote.
“This can be a failed course of,” Mariam Solaimankhil stated.
Idrees Stanikzai, additionally in Kabul, informed CNN that voters had been complaining about nonetheless ready for his or her polling station to open greater than two hours after their arrival.
The pinnacle of the provincial council in Maidan Wardak province, Sharifullah Hotak, informed native Afghan TV station Shamshad that the biometric system in voting facilities was not working in the entire of the province.
And in Herat, a whole bunch of individuals had been standing in line as polling stations there additionally skilled technical points.
Greater than 20,000 polling stations had been open throughout the nation, aside from Kandahar and Ghazni provinces, the place voting will happen at a later date, Afghan Inside Ministry spokesman Najib Danesh stated earlier.
Some 70,000 members of the Afghan forces have been deployed to make sure the safety of the elections, he stated.
Ladies and younger folks stand for election
The dangers haven’t deterred greater than 2,500 candidates nationwide, together with greater than 400 ladies, to run for 250 seats within the Wolesi Jirga, the decrease home of the Afghan parliament.
Maryam Samaa, a 26-year-old former journalist and information presenter on the nation’s largest personal broadcaster, TOLO TV, felt an obligation to face, she informed CNN. She is operating for one among Kabul’s 33 parliamentary seats.
“It is a duty each human being should tackle,” she stated. “Everybody has to query the society round them: Why is there a lot inequity, and what’s my position in reforming that society?”
Like many different younger candidates, Samaa stated she determined to run as a result of there are few “precise representatives of the folks” within the present parliament. Slightly than the home of the folks, Samaa stated, the parliament has grow to be a house for competing “mafia networks.”
Solely 9.6% of respondents had been happy with the work of the present parliament, a survey performed this 12 months by the Afghan Institute for Strategic Research, an impartial analysis institute primarily based in Kabul, discovered.
CNN’s Ehsan Popalzai and journalist Ali M. Latifi reported from Kabul, and Laura Smith-Spark wrote from London.