Saturday, September 18, 2010

Afghans brave Taliban to vote in parliamentary election

BBC News
September 18, 2010

Afghans have voted in a key parliamentary election, with turnout estimated at about 40%, although there have been a number of Taliban attacks.

At least 14 people were killed, the Afghan interior ministry said, including six security force members in a Taliban attack in the north.

There have also been some reports of fraud, including the washing off of supposedly indelible voting ink.

The poll is seen as a test of credibility for President Hamid Karzai.

More than 2,500 candidates are vying for 249 seats in the lower house of parliament, or Wolesi Jirga.

Afghan soldiers and police have been on alert, backed up by nearly 150,000 foreign troops.