Polling for Parliamentary elections in Afghanistan begins

The polling for the Parliamentary elections in Afghanistan begins 7 this morning local time. The elections is being held in 32 provinces of the country except Kandahar and Ghazni provinces.

While the polls in Kandahar province has been postponed for one week following the Thursday attack, while, elections have been postponed in Ghazni province due to disagreements on reducing constituencies and security problems.

There are 250 seats in Parliament, including 10 seats that are reserved for nomads and one jointly for the Sikh and Hindu communities. There must be 68 female representatives, with each province having at least one.

According to figures by the Independent Election Commission (IEC), at least nine million people have registered to vote in the elections. The IEC spokesman Sayed Hafizullah Hashemi said election materials have been sent to all polling centres across the country.

Afghan Army Chief of Staff, General Mohammad Sharif Yaftali, said that that the security forces are ready to ensure the safety of the elections. Security fears have forced the commission to close about 2,000 polling centres.

The Parliamentary poll will be followed by the Presidential poll next year.

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