Ghani, a ex-
Saturday's final round of the presidential election began at
Election officials, however, said polling could be extended by an hour to allow as many people as possible to vote.
In the first round of the presidential elections on
One of the two will succeed President
They will inherit an unfinished war and an economy in the doldrums, besides the ever present threat of Taliban insurgents.
After casting his vote, Ghani, who was surrounded by his supporters, said: "The first time, there were many candidates. The nation was not presented with a clear choice. This time it is a clear choice between two leaders with different visions, different experience, two teams, committed to different ideals."
After casting his vote, Abdullah said: "My message to the people of
Abdullah also said: "Security is a concern, but the people of
Media reports said that Ghani, an ethnic Pashtun, stands to gain more of the Pashtun vote that was split between candidates in the first round. Abdullah is part Pashtun but more closely identified with the ethnic Tajik minority.
The Taliban has warned the people not to vote in the elections, which they termed a U.S.-sponsored charade. (ANI)
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