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Last Updated: Sunday, 18 September 2005, 11:35 GMT 12:35 UK
In pictures: Afghanistan votes

Women line up to vote at a polling station in a mosque in Kabul

Afghans have been voting in the first parliamentary and local elections for more than 30 years

A voter is given ballot papers by an official in Kabul

More than 12 million voters had to choose from some 6,000 candidates

Voters wait their turn in Kabul

The turnout has been steady and does not appear to be as high as during last year's presidential polls

President Hamid Karzai voting in Kabul

President Karzai was among the early voters and described it as a "good day for Afghanistan"

A woman is about to drop her ballot paper in a ballot box in Kandahar

Large numbers of women have turned out to vote defying threats and opposition from militants

Children pump water from a well as voters queue up in Kabul

The elections are being seen as another step away from years of war and turmoil

Afghan soldiers queue up to vote

About 40,000 Afghan police and army troops have been on duty, backed up by more than 30,000 US and Nato forces

An Afghan elderly man leaves a polling station after voting in Kabul

The polls are part of a process agreed four years ago to bring democracy to Afghanistan following the toppling of the Taleban.

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