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Voting Underway In Afghanistan Despite Taliban Threats

Voting Underway In Afghanistan Despite Taliban Threats

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The Afghan Taliban have been bombing various areas in Afghanistan throughout the two month campaign for the presidential elections.

Voting is now underway, despite the Taliban’s repeated warnings of intentions to attacking the polling centres. At least 15 people have been wounded in the city of Kandahar when a bomb went off at a polling centre two hours after voting began, and officials across the country also reported several small explosions at other election sites.

“Peace is the first desire of our people,” said President Ashraf Ghani after casting his vote at a high school in Kabul.

Kabul is under partial lockdown, with streets filled by troops and trucks banned from entering the city in an effort to stop any potential suicide bombers from sabotaging the electoral process.

A voter at a polling station in Kabul highlighted the importance of voting.

“I am not afraid, we have to vote if we want to bring changes to our lives,” he said.

Voting is taking place at around 5000 polling centres in the country. The interior ministry said 72,000 forces would help to secure polling stations.

Election officials say this will be the cleanest election yet, with equipment such as biometric fingerprint readers and better training for poll workers to ensure the vote is fair.

This Saturday’s poll was initially meant to take place in April, but was twice delayed because election workers were ill-prepared, and the US was leading a push to forge a withdrawal agreement with the Taliban. That deal has been scrapped now after US President Donald Trump pulled out.

Read more: Second Suicide Bombing Over 24 Hours In Afghanistan Kills At Least 20

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