KABUL: A total of 56 civilians were killed and 379 others injured in attacks during Afghanistan’s recent parliamentary election, a United Nations report released on November 6 revealed.
While 52 civilians were killed and 339 others wounded in violent attacks on polling day, the others were killed or injured on subsequent days, when delayed polling took place in some provinces, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) report said.
The figures reveal that more civilians were harmed in this year’s election violence than in the four previous Afghanistan national elections, according to the report.
Polling in Afghanistan’s first parliamentary elections since 2010 was on October 20. It took place against the backdrop of near-daily attacks by Taliban insurgents. The Taliban, who have refused offers to negotiate with the government in Kabul, control a sizeable swathe of the country.
Though many Afghans have said they do not expect much change after the elections, yet millions of Afghans defied Taliban threats and waited, often for hours, to cast their votes.
From the beginning of the voter registration period on April 14 through the campaign period and two days of silence ending October 19, the day before the election, UNAMA verified 152 election-related security incidents resulting in 496 civilian casualties, of which 156 were killed and 340 were wounded.
“Women and children comprised 35 percent of these civilian casualties,” the report said.
Preliminary election results will not be released before mid-November while the final results are not expected to be announced before December.