Afghanistan: Election 2010 Started

Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga Election 2010 started September 18 at 7AM. According to the press release by the Independent Election Commission on 17th September, 16,691 (89 per cent) out of 18,731 planned polling stations in all 34 provinces of the country were confirmed to be ready to receive the voters.

Despite all the security threats and anxiety, hundreds of Afghans lined up in every polling station all over the country to cast their ballots. reports that the second round of Afghan parliamentary elections started at 07:00 am on Saturday and ended at 04:00 in the afternoon:

Afghan president Hamid Karzai voted in one of the polling centres in a High School in Kabul and urged all Afghans to take part in these elections and vote for their favorite candidate.

Muzafar Ali, an Afghan photographer shares some of his latest photos about the election and comments:

Lengthy queues are being observed in Bamyan and other Hazara populated areas. Unlike other parts of the country, These people are not facing any kind of security problem.

Younes Entezar, an Afghan blogger writes [fa]:

Today, I voted for my candidate and my father voted for his one. In our family there are 8 eligible voters. Unfortunately, our neighbor and his wife are illiterate and they never participated in any elections so far, although I've encouraged them a lot., an online newspaper from the west of Afghanistan reports [fa] that the elections in Herat were held under serious security precautions:

Dr Daud Saba, Governor of Herat says: Our security forces are trying their best to facilitate a free, transparent and secure election.

Dawlatshah Poyesh who is currently in India wishes [fa] he was in Afghanistan to vote:

I wish I was there today. I would vote for someone or maybe I would vote for myself, if I were a candidate. There are so many candidates in this campaign and I could have been one of them. But, at least, I could have voted for my favorite candidate. It's so difficult to choose one among 600 to 700 candidates!

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