Seven million Afghans went to polling stations on Saturday according to the Independent Election Commission to elect Hamid Karzai’s presidential successor in a run-off vote that will determine the first democratic transfer of power in Afghanistan’s history. Nearly 40 percent of the voters were women.
Approximately 18 Afghan soldiers and 76 civilians were reported murdered during the vote and more than ten people reported that their fingers were chopped off by the Taliban to discourage them from casting votes.
It didn’t appear to work. Ahmad Shuja, a Human Rights Watch research associate, described the people’s determination to vote in this story from Global Voices.
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