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The bomber detonated an explosive vest and after approaching several official vehicles close to the election commission, the statement said.

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

This year's elections have become the first parliamentary election in Afghanistan since 2010.

Raziq was among three people killed in a brazen insider attack on a high-level security meeting in Kandahar city that was attended by Gen Scott Miller, the top USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commander in Afghanistan.

As Kandahar is about to witness the parliamentary elections on Saturday, some residents of the southern province said they are ready to participate in the process and vote for their favorite candidate.

Voting in the 32 provinces also saw a high turnout but problems with new biometric verification devices, missing or incomplete voter rolls and absent election workers following Taliban threats meant many voters waited for hours.

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One policeman was killed and four others injured outside the Independent Election Commission's offices in PD9 of Kabul city on Monday morning in an explosion, police said as per a report by TOLONews.

The latest assault by the Taliban comes amid a flurry of US-led diplomatic activity to convince the group to negotiate an end to the 17-year war.

The election, which the Taliban had vowed to attack, was marred by deadly violence, with hundreds killed or wounded in scores of attacks.

Preliminary results of nationwide voting are not expected before mid-November. The number of people who were present at the site at the time of the attack is not clear.

"I have to vote for a better future for my country", shopkeeper Abdul Abbas told AFP outside a polling centre in the provincial capital.


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