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Last Updated: Saturday, 9 October, 2004, 10:48 GMT 11:48 UK
In pictures: Afghanistan votes
Nineteen-years-old Afghan refugee Moqadasa Sidiqi votes in Pakistan
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Afghan refugee Moqadasa Sidiqi, 19, creates history, being the first person to vote in Afghanistan's first presidential election. She voted in Pakistan.
Jubilant supporters of interim President Hamid Karzai after voting.
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Jubilant supporters of interim President Hamid Karzai after voting in Kabul.
Voter's thumbnail with purple indelible ink
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Indelible ink on a voter's thumbnail - or is it? Opposition candidates allege fraud, saying the ink can be easily washed off. They say they are boycotting the result.
An election official applies the ink
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An election official applies the ink - they admit that in some cases the wrong type of pen was used.
Burqa clad woman is frisked by security staff in Kandahar
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In the former heartland of the Taleban, Kandahar, a women is frisked by security officials before voting.
Women voters
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Although huge numbers of women registered to vote, women's issues were not given much coverage in the campaign.
General Dostum casts his vote
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Warlord General Dostum cast his vote in his home village, near Mazar-e-Sharif in the north of the country, before he was reported to have joined the boycott.
Afghans vote at a polling station in Iran
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Hundreds of thousands of refugee voters were also eligible to take part in neighbouring Iran.


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