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Candidates begin campaign for Afghan parliament elections

Candidates running in Afghanistan's parliamentary elections have kicked off campaigning ahead of the country's balloting later this month.

The vote for the lower house of parliament is scheduled for Oct. 20, though it's unclear if voting will take place in areas held by the Taliban.

The election comes amid a vicious campaign by the Taliban and the Islamic State group, which stage near-daily attacks across the country.

Campaign posters for Afghanistan's upcoming parliamentary elections are displayed over a street during the first day of elections campaign in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. An Afghan official says that Afghan parliamentarian candidates have started their campaigning across the country for the upcoming election scheduled for Oct. 20. (AP PhotoRahmat Gul)

Aziz Ibrahimi, the Afghan election commission spokesman, says 2,565 candidates are battling for the 249 seats in the chamber.

Ibrahimi says there're also 417 women among the candidates.

The capital, Kabul, and other cities and towns awoke on Friday to colorful posters of candidates plastered on billboards and walls.

An Afghan man installs election posters of parliamentarian candidates during the first day of elections campaign in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. An Afghan official says that Afghan parliamentarian candidates started their campaigning across the country for the upcoming election scheduled for Oct. 20. (AP PhotoRahmat Gul)

On election day, voters will be able to cast ballots at 21,011 polling stations.

Election posters of the parliamentarian candidates are installed during the first day of elections campaign in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. An Afghan official says that Afghan parliamentarian candidates started their campaigning across the country for the upcoming election scheduled for Oct. 20. (AP PhotoRahmat Gul)

Afghan men installs election posters of parliamentarian candidates during the first day of elections campaign in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. An Afghan official says that Afghan parliamentarian candidates started their campaigning across the country for the upcoming election scheduled for Oct. 20. (AP PhotoRahmat Gul)