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Official: Polls close in Afghan presidential election

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Polls in Afghanistan’s presidential election closed on Saturday amid accusations that the polling process was flawed and turnout was low, underscoring fears the country could fall into further chaos if results are inconclusive.

Preliminary results are not expected until October 17, and final results will not appear until November 7. If no candidate receives 51 percent of the vote, a second round will be held between the two candidates with the most votes.

The Taliban have attacked a number of polling stations in different parts of Afghanistan to disrupt the election process, but heavy security has prevented large-scale violence.

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