The Afghan Election in Pictures

by Nathan Hamm on 10/9/2004 · 8 comments

Images tell a powerful story, so, here are a collection from Afghanistan’s historic election today.

The above image shows a woman displaying her inked thumb, meaning she voted (Source: AFP). It also looks a bit like a thumbs-up, making it a perfect image for today.

Afghan woman displays voter registration card.  Source: AP

Afghan woman displays voter registration card. Source: AP

General Dostum kissing babies.  Source: AP

General/Candidate Dostum kissing babies. Source: AP

Source: AP

Source: AP

Voting at the main mosque in Herat.  Source: AP

Voting at the main mosque in Herat. Source: AP

Poll workers on the way to voting stations.  Source: AP

Poll workers on the way to voting stations. Source: AP

Men line up to vote.  Source: AP

Men line up to vote. Source: AP

Woman emerges from voting booth.  Source: AP

Woman emerges from voting booth. Source: AP

A man picks his candidate.  Source: AP

A man picks his candidate. Source: AP

A voter displays his registration card.  Source: AP

A woman casts her vote.  Source: AP

A woman casts her vote. Source: AP

Women line up to vote.  Source: AP

Women line up to vote. Source: AP

A poll worker smiles next to a crate of ballots.  Source: AP

A poll worker smiles next to a crate of ballots. Source: AP

Candidate Dostum casts his vote.  Source: Reuters

Candidate Dostum casts his vote. Source: Reuters

A refugee casts a vote at a camp in Pakistan.  Source: Reuters

A refugee casts a vote at a camp in Pakistan. Source: Reuters

Voters line up to vote at a refugee camp in Pakistan.  Source: Reuters

Voters line up to vote at a refugee camp in Pakistan. Source: Reuters

Workers take ballots to a polling place.  Source: Reuters

Workers take ballots to a polling place. Source: Reuters

I’ll post my take later, but in the meantime… Hook will weigh in ASAP. Allah has a meaty post, and Bill has some news (on both big elections today) and a way that you can honor one of those who helped make today’s Afghan vote possible. The Commissar has the perfect headline.

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{ 2 comments }

mark safranski October 11, 2004 at 9:41 am

Acorn,

Funny, the Chinese government says the same thing. So did the Afrikaners during Apartheid. There’s always a ” good reason” to delay free elections even though the simplest electoral question – ” has the government made life better or worse ?” is one even illiterate peasants can answer with certainty.

Institutions and processes do not build themselves you build democratic rule by doing it.

Niraj October 11, 2004 at 2:30 pm

She has rather manly hands. 😉

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