Women lined up across polling centers in Afghanistan despite threats from the Taliban. Old and young Afghan women stood in line for hours to cast their vote and participate in Afghanistan’s democratic system once again.
The Taliban demanded people to boycott the elections in a press release on October 13. They also made the threat on social media that voting centers would be targets. In 2014, during the presidential elections, the Taliban not only attacked voting centers but also cut the index finger of numerous voters to punish them for participating in the democratic progress.
Afghans once again used ink to mark their vote as well as the new voting biometric system.
Afghan women fought for their voting rights in 1950s and 1960s, and were able to vote for the first time in 1965.
Almost nine million Afghans were registered to vote on October 20, including more than three million women. Out of 2,565 candidates, 417 women were on the ballot. Just in Kabul alone, 119 women were on the ballot out of 804 candidates.
Strong women voter turnout was reported in Herat, Kabul, Nangarhar, and Paktia. The initial election results and voting figures will be available on November 10.
Due to security issues and multiple delayed openings, more than 300 polling stations will be open on Sunday.