Afghans have been voting in the first parliamentary and local elections for more than 30 years
More than 12 million voters had to choose from some 6,000 candidates
The turnout has been steady and does not appear to be as high as during last year's presidential polls
President Karzai was among the early voters and described it as a "good day for Afghanistan"
Large numbers of women have turned out to vote defying threats and opposition from militants
The elections are being seen as another step away from years of war and turmoil
About 40,000 Afghan police and army troops have been on duty, backed up by more than 30,000 US and Nato forces
The polls are part of a process agreed four years ago to bring democracy to Afghanistan following the toppling of the Taleban.