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The Killid Group
Voting ends and counting of votes beginWritten by The Killid Group
Saturday, 18 September 2010 17:55
Despite increasing security threats, in the early hours of voting, hundreds from different parts of Afghanistan participated in the parliamentary elections.
The election process began this morning in Habibia High School when Fazel Ahmad Manawi, head of the Independent Elections Commission, cast his vote in presence of journalists and election observers.
At the same time there were reports of inefficiency and lack of preparation of election officials in the capital and some provinces that delayed the election process. This was widely criticized by Afghans, reported in many media outlets.
According to our correspondents, Afghans showed their support for the system by forming long lines outside polling stations, as early as 7:00 am.
Voting ended at four in the evening and a while later, counting began in many provinces across the country.
According to the poll done by The Killid Group, close to 70% of eligible voters participated in the election process.
Participants are expected to elect 249 MPs among the 2500 candidates to parliament.
Kabul has 33 - the maximum number of seats in the parliament.
According to the gender composition based on the constitution, at least 68 members of the parliament should be women.
390,000 domestic and international military and security forces were responsible for ensuring security of elections but more than 900 polling centers remained closed due to security threats.