Security is high in Afghanistan in the wake of Saturday's election which passed off largely peacefully. Despite dozens of minor attacks, there is widespread relief that the Taliban did not carry out its threats to cause havoc on polling day.
A bombing attack hit an electoral rally in Afghanistan as a female candidate was about to give a speech. The Taliban had decried the upcoming parliamentary vote and several politicians have recently been killed.
Although the Taliban appear to currently have the upper hand in Afghanistan, Col. Knut Peters, a spokesperson for NATO in Kabul, told DW that the mission has seen success and that upcoming elections are a positive sign.
Over 4 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan and Iran are not allowed to cast their votes in the upcoming Afghan parliamentary election. The refugees fear the next legislative body won't protect their interests.
The Afghan government is tasked with organizing a parliamentary election at a time when the Taliban are at their strongest since 2001. Electoral irregularities and power brokering also complicate a fair voting process.
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