The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said at least 10 parliamentary election candidates have lost their lives since the beginning of the process in July.
“Unfortunately … at least 10 parliamentary elections candidates have lost their lives - one of them was Jabbar Qahraman,” said Sayed Hafizullah Hashemi, the IEC spokesman. Qahraman was killed on Wednesday morning in an explosion in his office.
The commission did not give further details in this regard.
Hashemi also said that almost 70 percent of candidates have shared a breakdown of their campaign expenses with the IEC.
Based on TOLOnews’ records, Abdul Jabar Qahraman, a candidate from Helmand, was killed along with seven others on Wednesday. This comes after last Tuesday’s attack at a campaign office also in Helmand which claimed the lives of eight people including the election candidate, Saleh Mohammad Achakzai.
Other candidates killed include, Nasir Mubarez, a candidate for the Kochis, from Kandahar, who was killed on September 25 by unknown armed men in a shooting in Kandahar City’s PD2.
On September 2, Anwar Niazi, a Parwan candidate, was killed and two others wounded when a magnetic IED was detonated against the vehicle they were traveling in. The incident took place in Kabul city center, in Shirpoor, in PD10, at about 7pm local time.
In August, Jalal Salehi, a candidate from Kabul, was killed during a security forces operation in Kabul’s Shakar Dara district.
Another candidate, former member of Ghazni provincial council, Sayed Obaidullah Sadat, was killed in Ghazni on July 14 by unknown armed men.
On July 1, the Afghan Sikh and Hindu community leader, Ottar Singh Khalsa, who was running for parliamentary elections, was killed in a suicide attack in Jalalabad city in Nangarhar province.
And on July 30, another Nangarhar candidate, Hayatullah Khan Rahmani, was killed when a suicide bomber targeted him in Rodat district in the province.
More than 2,500 candidates are running for 249 parliamentary seats in the October 20 elections.
Meanwhile, Hashemi said that so far 70 percent of parliamentary candidates have shared the information on the money they have spent on election campaign.
“Seventy percent of parliamentary candidates have shared the details of their campaign expenses and our team is assessing them,” said Hashemi.
An election monitoring organization meanwhile said that some candidates have committed violation during their campaign.
“They promoted ethnic issues, discrimination and their financial expenses were high,” said Yusuf Rasheed, CEO of Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan.
According to the commission, the timeline for election campaign will end at 12am on Wednesday.
“Candidates are not allowed to campaign after 12am tonight,” said Rafi Seddiqi, head of the media committee of the IEC.
He said candidates will be fined if they would not collect their pictures and banners from areas with 100 distance to polling centers.