Polls close in Afghanistan presidential election: official

Preliminary results are not expected before October 17


Reuters September 28, 2019
Afghan women line up at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Kabul, Afghanistan. PHOTO REUTERS

KABUL: Polling centers in a presidential election closed in Afghanistan on Saturday amid accusations that voting was flawed and the voter turn out was very thin, heightening fears that an unclear result could drive country into further chaos.

Preliminary results are not expected before October 17 and final results not until November 7.

If no candidate gets 51% of the vote, a second round will be held between the two leading candidates.

Taliban fighters attacked several polling stations across the country to derail the process but intense security measures prevented large-scale violence.

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