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Balloting for Afghan presidential election concludes

English.news.cn   2014-04-05 21:07:38

KABUL, April 5 (Xinhua) -- The polling for Afghanistan's presidential election concluded on Saturday and counting of ballots has begun, the country's election officials said.

The polling time, which began 7:00 local time has ended at 5:00 p.m. local time, Independent Election Commission (IEC) Secretariat Chief Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhil told the national TV channel.

The Afghan election officials said that the election was relatively peaceful despite some attacks and complaints.

The voters had also cast their votes for the provincial councils candidates at the same day.

Despite the attacks and rainy weather, the election officials said that they were hopeful that the turn-out was huge and the exact figure of voting will be determined after the counting process is completed.

They said that the IEC has taken note of allegation of fraud and all those allegations are being looked into.

The Taliban insurgent group fighting the government has vowed to disrupt the election process.

The militants launched several attack in one dozen of the country's 34 provinces, killing at least one person and injuring scores others. But the militants failed to interrupt polling, official said.

The number of presidential candidates has dropped to eight after the withdrawal of three contenders from the race, and over 2, 500 candidates run for 458 provincial council seats in 34 provinces, including 96 seats for women.

The leading presidential candidates are former Foreign Ministers Abdullah Abdullah and Zulmai Rassoul as well as former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.

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