The final preparations are underway in Afghanistan to ensure voters make their voices heard in an historic election tomorrow.
Ballot boxes are being delivered to polling stations around the country – donkeys and camels have been used to make sure they reached the most remote parts. Over 12 million Afghans are eligible to vote in the parliamentary and provincial polls.
One voter in Kabul said he hoped the election would bring security above all. With a high rate of illiteracy there has been concern voters will be put off from taking part – particularly as their are nearly 6000 candidates standing.
This is the first such poll in 30 years – and after decades of Taliban rule it is all the more unique given that women are ensured about a quarter of the seats in parliament.
Some 44 percent of women have registered to vote. The threat of attack is hanging over the election – the Taliban rejects the ballot as a flawed American plan and has vowed to disrupt proceedings.
Insurgents have killed seven political candidates so far and have mounted attacks on police.
Security has been stepped up and there an estimated 100,000 troops on patrol – voters are being urged to defy militants and to make tomorrow’s poll a success.