Afghans tout open election

Officials say attacks few, turnout high

Posted: April 6, 2014 at 5:12 a.m.

Afghan election workers check ballots Saturday at a polling station in Jalalabad. Amid heavy turnout nationwide, officials said as many as 7 million Afghans were expected to vote.

Defying a campaign of Taliban violence that unleashed 39 suicide bombers in the two months before Election Day, Afghan voters on Saturday turned out in such large numbers to choose a new president and provincial councils that polling hours were extended nationwide.

Afghan men line up at their polling place Saturday in Kabul. Despite Taliban threats, the voting across Afghanistan was mostly peaceful.

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