Bloody Violence During Elections in Afghanistan

Published October 21st, 2018 - 08:58 GMT

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Bloody violence has forced thousands of polling centres to close and stopped millions of people from registering to vote.

Almost nine million people are eligible to vote in the ballot, which is more than three years late and largely funded by the international community.

Afghanistan's long-delayed legislative election got off to a shaky start October 20, with many polling centres still closed hours after they were supposed to open, as the Taliban issued a new warning it would attack the ballot. Continue reading below »

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Afghan women wait in line to vote at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Herat province on October 20, 2018.
HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP
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Image 1 of 11:  1 / 11Afghan women wait in line to vote at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Herat province on October 20, 2018. HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP

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In this photo taken on October 20, 2018, Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials count ballot papers at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Herat province. 
HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP
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Image 2 of 11:  2 / 11In this photo taken on October 20, 2018, Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials count ballot papers at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Herat province. HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP

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In this photo taken on October 20, 2018, Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials count ballot papers at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Herat province. 
HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP
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Image 3 of 11:  3 / 11In this photo taken on October 20, 2018, Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials count ballot papers at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Herat province. HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP

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In this photo taken on October 20, 2018, Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials count ballot papers at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Herat province. 
HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP
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Image 4 of 11:  4 / 11In this photo taken on October 20, 2018, Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials count ballot papers at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Herat province. HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP

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Afghan men line up to cast their vote at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Mazar-i-Sharif on October 20, 2018.
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Image 5 of 11:  5 / 11Afghan men line up to cast their vote at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Mazar-i-Sharif on October 20, 2018. FARSHAD USYAN / AFP

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Afghan women wait in line to vote at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Herat province on October 20, 2018.
HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP
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Image 6 of 11:  6 / 11Afghan women wait in line to vote at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Herat province on October 20, 2018. HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP

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Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials prepare ballot papers for voters at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Khost Province on October 20, 2018.
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Image 7 of 11:  7 / 11Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials prepare ballot papers for voters at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Khost Province on October 20, 2018. FARID ZAHIR / AFP

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An Afghan policeman searches voters before casting their votes at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Khost Province on October 20, 2018. 
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Image 8 of 11:  8 / 11An Afghan policeman searches voters before casting their votes at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Khost Province on October 20, 2018. FARID ZAHIR / AFP

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In this photo taken on October 10, 2018.Afghan potter Shirin Agha, 45, poses for a picture as he holds his id card or Tazkira registered to vote in the upcoming parliamentary election at his workshop, on the outskirts of Jalalabad. 
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Image 9 of 11:  9 / 11In this photo taken on October 10, 2018.Afghan potter Shirin Agha, 45, poses for a picture as he holds his id card or Tazkira registered to vote in the upcoming parliamentary election at his workshop, on the outskirts of Jalalabad. NOORULLAH SHIRZADA / AFP

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In this photo taken on October 11, 2018. Afghan housewife Fatimah, 55, poses for a picture as she holds her ID card or Tazkira registered to vote in the upcoming parliamentary election, at her House in Mazar-i-Sharif. 
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Image 10 of 11:  10 / 11In this photo taken on October 11, 2018. Afghan housewife Fatimah, 55, poses for a picture as she holds her ID card or Tazkira registered to vote in the upcoming parliamentary election, at her House in Mazar-i-Sharif. FARSHAD USYAN / AFP

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In this photo taken on October 8, 2018, Afghan co-founder and president of ArtLords Omaid Sharifi, 32, poses for a picture as he holds his id card or Tazkira registered to vote in the upcoming parliamentary election, in Kabul. 
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Image 11 of 11:  11 / 11In this photo taken on October 8, 2018, Afghan co-founder and president of ArtLords Omaid Sharifi, 32, poses for a picture as he holds his id card or Tazkira registered to vote in the upcoming parliamentary election, in Kabul. WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP

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Afghan women wait in line to vote at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Herat province on October 20, 2018.
HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP

Image 1 of 11Afghan women wait in line to vote at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Herat province on October 20, 2018. HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP

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In this photo taken on October 20, 2018, Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials count ballot papers at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Herat province. 
HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP

Image 2 of 11In this photo taken on October 20, 2018, Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials count ballot papers at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Herat province. HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP

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In this photo taken on October 20, 2018, Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials count ballot papers at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Herat province. 
HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP

Image 3 of 11In this photo taken on October 20, 2018, Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials count ballot papers at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Herat province. HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP

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In this photo taken on October 20, 2018, Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials count ballot papers at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Herat province. 
HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP

Image 4 of 11In this photo taken on October 20, 2018, Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials count ballot papers at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Herat province. HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP

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Afghan men line up to cast their vote at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Mazar-i-Sharif on October 20, 2018.
FARSHAD USYAN / AFP

Image 5 of 11Afghan men line up to cast their vote at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Mazar-i-Sharif on October 20, 2018. FARSHAD USYAN / AFP

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Afghan women wait in line to vote at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Herat province on October 20, 2018.
HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP

Image 6 of 11Afghan women wait in line to vote at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Herat province on October 20, 2018. HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP

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Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials prepare ballot papers for voters at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Khost Province on October 20, 2018.
FARID ZAHIR / AFP

Image 7 of 11Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials prepare ballot papers for voters at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Khost Province on October 20, 2018. FARID ZAHIR / AFP

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An Afghan policeman searches voters before casting their votes at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Khost Province on October 20, 2018. 
FARID ZAHIR / AFP

Image 8 of 11An Afghan policeman searches voters before casting their votes at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Khost Province on October 20, 2018. FARID ZAHIR / AFP

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In this photo taken on October 10, 2018.Afghan potter Shirin Agha, 45, poses for a picture as he holds his id card or Tazkira registered to vote in the upcoming parliamentary election at his workshop, on the outskirts of Jalalabad. 
NOORULLAH SHIRZADA / AFP

Image 9 of 11In this photo taken on October 10, 2018.Afghan potter Shirin Agha, 45, poses for a picture as he holds his id card or Tazkira registered to vote in the upcoming parliamentary election at his workshop, on the outskirts of Jalalabad. NOORULLAH SHIRZADA / AFP

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In this photo taken on October 11, 2018. Afghan housewife Fatimah, 55, poses for a picture as she holds her ID card or Tazkira registered to vote in the upcoming parliamentary election, at her House in Mazar-i-Sharif. 
FARSHAD USYAN / AFP

Image 10 of 11In this photo taken on October 11, 2018. Afghan housewife Fatimah, 55, poses for a picture as she holds her ID card or Tazkira registered to vote in the upcoming parliamentary election, at her House in Mazar-i-Sharif. FARSHAD USYAN / AFP

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In this photo taken on October 8, 2018, Afghan co-founder and president of ArtLords Omaid Sharifi, 32, poses for a picture as he holds his id card or Tazkira registered to vote in the upcoming parliamentary election, in Kabul. 
WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP

Image 11 of 11In this photo taken on October 8, 2018, Afghan co-founder and president of ArtLords Omaid Sharifi, 32, poses for a picture as he holds his id card or Tazkira registered to vote in the upcoming parliamentary election, in Kabul. WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP

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Hundreds of Afghan polling centres opened October 21 for a second day of voting in a shambolic legislative election marred by deadly violence and techical glitches that have eroded its credibility.

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