Photos of the Afghan Election taken by VOA Correspondent Steve Herman
On 20 August Afghans voted for a new president and provincial councilors under tight security in elections considered crucial to defeating an increasingly violent Taliban insurgency.
Officials say scattered violence killed dozens of people across the country in attacks that took place in Kabul, Kandahar and other major cities. The vote was called a success, although voter turnout was uneven.
Days after the election initial results show incumbent President Hamid Karzai leading the race. But, Afghan voters will not receive word until September 3, at the earliest, as to who won the presidential election. Campaigns of both Mr. Karzai and his closest challenger, former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, have exchanged accusations of ballot box stuffing. Other presidential candidates have also produced evidence of what they say shows wholesale fraud by officials and campaign workers.
Follow the results at the Independent Election Commission of Aghanistan's web site.
Both top candidates,incumbent President Hamid Karzai and former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, say they have enough votes to win without a runoff, But preliminary results are not expected until early next week