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Initial estimates indicate that over seven million votes were cast Saturday in Afghanistan's presidential elections. (April 5)

SHOTLIST:

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Kandahar, Afghanistan - April 5, 2014

1. Tight votes falling on the ground

2. Mid group counting votes

Kabul, Afghanistan - April 5, 2014

3. Wide Afghan President Hamid Karzai walking to ballot box

4. Mid Karzai casting his vote

5. Mid Shukria Barekzai, member of Afghan Parliament, casting vote

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Shukria Barekzai, Member of Afghan Parliament (Transcript Below)

7. Wide Afghan men waiting in line at polling station

8. Mid election commission worker

Kandahar, Afghanistan - April 5, 2014

9. Mid voters being searched by security

10. Tight voters showing voter cards

11. Tight ballot paper

Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan - April 5, 2014

12. Wide large crowd of women queuing to cast their votes

13. Tight finger covered in colored ink

14. Mid woman casting her vote

Jalalabad, Afghanistan - April 5, 2014

15. SOUNDBITE (English) Anisa Bibi, voter (Transcript Below)

Kandahar, Afghanistan - April 5, 2014

16. Mid voter filling out ballot

17. Mid voter posting ballot

Kabul, Afghanistan - April 5, 2014

18. SOUNDBITE (English) Shukria Barekzai, Member of Afghan Parliament (Transcript Below)

Kandahar, Afghanistan - April 5, 2014

19. Mid Election Commission workers counting votes

20. Tight ballot papers

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

PRELIMINARY ESTIMATES INDICATE THAT MORE THAN SEVEN MILLION BALLOTS WERE CAST SATURDAY IN AFGHANISTAN'S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS.

INCUMBENT PRESIDENT KARZAI DECLARED THE ELECTIONS A SUCCESS, DESPITE POOR WEATHER CONDITIONS AND POSSIBLE TERRORIST ATTACKS.

SOUNDBITE (English) Shukria Barekzai, Member of Afghan Parliament:

"That means for me a lot because we slammed on the face of the Afghanistan enemy, which is they say Afghanistan is not ready for democracy. We proved that we are accepting democracy as a process and I am happy today is the real elections, because no one knows who will be the next president."

THE TURNOUT WAS SO HIGH THAT SOME POLLING CENTERS RAN OUT OF BALLOTS.

AFGHANS FLOCKED TO POLLING STATIONS IN WHAT PROMISES TO BE THE NATION'S FIRST DEMOCRATIC TRANSFER OF POWER, DEFYING A THREAT OF VIOLENCE BY THE TALIBAN.

A LARGE NUMBER OF WOMEN ALSO CAME OUT TO EXERCISE THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE.

THE EXCITEMENT OVER CHOOSING A NEW LEADER FOR THE FIRST TIME APPEARED TO OVERWHELM THE FEAR OF BLOODSHED IN MANY AREAS.

SOUNDBITE (Pashto) Anisa Bibi, voter:

"There is full security and our sisters are coming out with full determination and excitement to cast their votes."

VOTERS CHOSE FROM A FIELD OF EIGHT PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES, AS WELL AS SELECTING PROVINCIAL COUNCIL MEMBERS.

SOUNDBITE (English) Shukria Barekzai, Member of Afghan Parliament:

"I am proud to practice democracy. I am proud to come and vote."

PARTIAL RESULTS ARE EXPECTED AS SOON AS SUNDAY.

MATTHEW BURGOYNE, ASSOCIATED PRESS

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