Afghan voters lined up at polling stations, defying a nationwide threat of violence by the Taliban to cast ballots in what promises to be the nation's first democratic transfer of power. (April 5)
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Jalalabad, Afghanistan - April 5, 2014
1. Various of police searching voters in Jalalabad city, Nangarhar province
2. Mid Afghan voters standing in line holding their IDs outside a polling station
3. Tight election commissioner registering voter
4. Mid interior of polling station
5. Mid man casting ballots
6. Various of female police officer searching women outside polling station
7. Mid female voters inside polling station
8. Tight notebook where election commissioner registers voters
9. Mid polling station
10. Mid women casting their votes
Afghans flocked to polling stations nationwide on Saturday, defying a threat of violence by the Taliban to cast ballots in what promises to be the nation's first democratic transfer of power.
The turnout was so high that some polling centers ran out of ballots.
Men in traditional tunics and loose trousers and women clad in all-encompassing burqas waited in segregated lines at polls under tight security.
The excitement over choosing a new leader appeared to overwhelm the fear of bloodshed in many areas.
Partial results are expected as soon as Sunday.
Saturday's vote was a sharp contrast from Afghanistan's 2009 election, which was marred by widespread allegations of vote-rigging that tarnished President Hamid Karzai's re-election.
Voters are choosing from a field of eight presidential candidates, as well as selecting provincial council members.