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Voting begins in Afghan parliamentary polls despite threats

Tens of thousands of Afghan forces have fanned out across the country as voting began in parliamentary elections following a campaign marred by relentless violence.

The Independent Election Commission says 8.8. million Afghans are registered to vote in Saturday's election. Wasima Badghisy, a commission member, called voters "very, very brave" and says a turnout of 5 million will be a success.

In the run-up to the elections, two candidates were killed while polling in Kandahar was delayed for a week after a rogue guard gunned down the powerful provincial police chief.

Afghan polling staff prepare for voting at a polling station during the Parliamentary election in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. (AP PhotoRahmat Gul)

Commission deputy spokesman Aziz Ismaili says no results will be released before mid-November and final results will not be out until later in December.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani marked his ballot as polls opened at 7 a.m.

Afghan polling staff prepare for voting at a polling station during the Parliamentary election in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. (AP PhotoRahmat Gul)

Afghan security personnel stand guard on the day of the parliamentary election in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. (AP PhotoRahmat Gul)

Afghan polling staff prepare for voting at a polling station during the Parliamentary election in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. (AP PhotoRahmat Gul)

Afghan polling staff prepare for voting at a polling station during the Parliamentary election in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. (AP PhotoRahmat Gul)

Afghan polling staff prepare for voting at a polling station during the Parliamentary election in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. (AP PhotoRahmat Gul)