By: Lailuma Noori
Western media networks have widely reflected Afghanistan presidential elections by releasing reports, pictures, videos, interviews from voters regarding the elections.
France 24 TV network by broadcasting a report regarding Afghanistan presidential elections says Afghanistan presidential polls open amid threat of violence. The report said voting centers were open in a number of mosques, schools and officers where voters bravely cast their votes.
The Guardian has written that Afghanistan presidential elections began amid insurgent attacks in some parts of the country. According to the National, published from UAE, insurgents had made efforts to prevent from presidential elections by attacking and explosions as the attack on a mosque in Kandahar happened and caused casualties.
The Times of India by pointing to a range of explosions occurred during the election day quoted President Ghani’s remarks saying “Peace is the people’s top demand”. According to Idaho Statesman, a surge in violence in the run-up to the elections, which following the collapse of U.S.-Taliban talks to end America’s longest war, had already rattled Afghanistan in recent weeks. Yet on Saturday, for those who went to vote it was the process itself that drew the greatest criticism, threatening the country’s fragile battle against chaos.
Herald Tribune Daily wrote that Taliban have warned people participating in presidential elections, but it yet to clear how many would go and cast their votes. The newspaper also pointed to candidates who joined other teams.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the people of Afghanistan went out to cast votes for their next president despite of Taliban’s continued warnings.
Aljazeera TV Network says that turnout of the people was low in 28 September presidential elections comparing to 2014 presidential elections.
The Washington Post has also reported that Afghans took part in the elections despite of security threats.
Based on reports, at least four people were killed and 72 others sustained injuries during the Saturday presidential elections in Afghanistan.
Saturday’s voting took place at about 4,500 polling sites, about 2,500 fewer than during the 2014 election, as violence has spread. Afghanistan Independent Election Commission (IEC) struggled to calculate exact figures from hundreds of polling sites, as insurgents launched attacks, blocked highways or blew up communication towers that affected phone signals in large parts of the country.
It is worth mentioning that preliminary election results are set to be announced on Oct. 17 and final results on Nov. 7, according to the official electoral calendar. If no candidate garners the necessary 50% of the vote, the two top vote-getters will face each other in a runoff on Nov. 23.