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Iva Dixit – PolicyMic – Wednesday, 09 April 2014 (originally published 07 Apr)

An Afghan woman shows her inked finger after voting in Jalalabad

An Afghan woman shows her inked finger after voting in Jalalabad. Image: AP

“The people out there are scared as hell of the Taliban,” a U.S. Army officer who recently returned from Afghanistan told the Daily Beast. And given the 39 suicide bombings, countless threats of death and mutilation and the murder of an Afghan provincial council candidate just before the elections, they have legitimate reason to be terrified.

However, the imminent danger from the Taliban did not stop the people of Afghanistan from heading to polling stations on Saturday to elect President Hamid Karzai’s successor. It’s the country’s third presidential election since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001, and its first time transferring power from one elected leader to another.

“I am here to vote today. It’s a day to decide about the future of Afghanistan and I would like to ask all women to break their silence and take one step towards progress. If they don’t want to do it for themselves they should do it for future generations,” a female voter told Afghan news agency the Khaama Press  . . .

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