Monday, April 07, 2014

AFGHANISTAN - Election Update

"Voters head to the polls in Afghanistan" PBS NewsHour 4/5/2014


HARI SREENIVASAN (NewsHour):  For more about today’s voting in Afghanistan we’re joined now from Kabul by Kevin Sieff; he’s the Washington Post’s bureau chief there.  So you were out at the polls today, what were the scenes like?

KEVIN SIEFF, Washington Post:  You know I think it depends where you were in Afghanistan today.  In Kabul the lines were very long, lots of men and women voting.  In some places they actually ran out of ballots there were so many people who wanted to vote.  But where I spent most of the day, in Wardak Province about 70 miles south of Kabul, there were very few voters, quite a bit of sort of small scale Taliban violence and people worried about the insurgence potentially punishing voters after casting their ballots.  So I think it really varied across the country pretty wildly.

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