President Karzai, Qanuni cast ballots
KABUL (Pajhwok): As millions of Afghans went to the polls, President Hamid Karzai and his deputy Yunus Qanuni on Saturday exercised their voting right.
Amid tight security arrangements, they voted at a polling station set up at the Amani High School in Kabul at about 8am.
Ineligible to run for a third term, Karzai urged the people to brave security threats and rain, participate in the national process and vote for a candidate of their choices.
Qanuni said today was a historic day for the Afghans, who should stream to polling sites to determine the country's future direction.
Defence Minister Bismillah Mohammadi, who voted at the same polling station, said Afghan forces had put in place stringent security measures across the country.
Dr, Abdullah, Ashraf Ghani, Zalmai Rassoul, Qutbuddin Hilal, Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf, Hidayat Amin Arsala, Gul Agha Sherzai and Sultan Daudzoy are in the run for the presidency.
About 2,600 individuals are contesting provincial council elections. The poll panel has issued 21 million voter cards.
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