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Is the Afghan election credible?

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — People in Afghanistan faced a tough choice before Saturday’s presidential election: vote, or risk being killed.

The Taliban had threatened to attack polling stations, and it appears many Afghans felt the danger was simply not worth it.

The electoral commission estimates only two million out of the nine million eligible voters cast a ballot.

500 polling stations didn’t even open, and some of the new biometric machines didn’t work.

And despite the heightened security, at least five people were killed in nearly 70 attacks.

So was the vote credible?

And how will this affect attempts to end the years-long conflict with the Taliban?


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