Deadly attacks marred Afghan parliamentary elections on Saturday, seen as a key test of President Hamid Karzai's administration and the nation's progress in fighting a Taliban-led insurgency. Early results are expected at the earliest on Oct. 8.
REUTERS - Afghans voted in a parliamentary election on Saturday despite Taliban attacks that killed at least 10 people, but widely reported voting fraud threatened to undermine the result and the government's credibility.
The Taliban said on their website after polls closed they had conducted more than 150 attacks. While fewer than the 272 blamed on the Islamists at last year's presidential poll, the violence was more widespread and reached once stable areas.
2010 ELECTIONS IN FIGURES
- Second parliamentary elections since 2001
- 249 seats in wolesi jirga or lower house
- More than 2,500 candidates
- 68 seats reserved for women
- More than 10.5 million eligible voters
- Total 6,835 polling centers in final list
- More than 1,000 expected not to open due to security concerns
The trend for the day was set early when a rocket landed near the U.S. embassy and the headquarters of NATO-led forces in Kabul about three hours before polls opened at 7 a.m. (0230 GMT).
Many voters stayed home after the Taliban threatened to cut off the ink-stained fingers of those who cast ballots.
Date created : 2010-09-18