Despite the high security surrounding the elections, militants still managed to carry out a string of assaults across Afghanistan.
Rockets fell on several towns, mainly in the south and east of the country, killing at least 26 people.
Nevertheless, speaking from Iceland, NATO’s secretary general gave an upbeat assessment.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said:’‘We have seen Afghans defying threats of intimidation and violence to exercise their democratic rights and I would like to say that seen from a security point of view, the elections today have been a success, not least thanks to the efforts by the Afghan national security forces”.
In Kabul, two insurgents also died in a gunbattle after the Taliban said 20 of its fighters had infiltrated the capital.
The commando-style raid was the second in as many days.
On Wednesday, three Taliban, wearing explosive laden suicide vests, were killed near the presidential palace.