Kabul attack on election workers kills 1

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People attend a burial ceremony of General Abdul Razeq, the Kandahar police commander, who was killed in yesterday's attack, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan October 19, 2018. Raziq's strongman tactics had been credited with thwarting successive Taliban attempts to gain a foothold in Kandahar, once their spiritual heartland.

Scores of attacks marred the first day of the election on October 20, with an AFP tally showing almost 300 civilians and security forces were killed or wounded in poll-related violence.

The Taliban and the Islamic State had earlier threatened to disrupt the Parliamentary elections and had warned citizens against participating in the polls.

"I have defied all the threats of attacks and explosions to vote".

Voting centres opened at 7 a.m.in Kandahar on Saturday and were scheduled to remain open till 4 p.m., Election Commission spokesperson Abdul Aziz Ibrahimi was cited as saying by Efe news.

"Only 10 percent of our polling station was not active at 7am due to security measures in the city because the staff at some stations arrived late", said Nimatullah Wardak head of the IEC regional office. "They can not find people's names on the voters list".

Voters also complained about problems with the voter lists and said that there had been problems with the biometric system.

The UN-backed government is rife with corruption and many Afghans have said they do not expect the elections to be fair. They are also high for the US, which is still seeking an exit strategy after 17 years of war that has cost more than $900 billion and claimed the lives of more than 2,400 USA service personnel.

A suicide bombing targeting the Afghan election commission's office in Kabul on Monday killed a police officer and wounded five people, the police said. Thirty-two of Afghanistan's 34 provinces voted over two days on Oct 20-21.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast yet.

The attack came after officials at the Independent Election Commission began counting votes cast during parliamentary polls last week, according to Reuters.

Residents said some polling stations opened late and voter material also only arrived late at some centers.