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Gulbuddin Hekmatyar pictured in April 2012. (Photo: Omerdon100/Wikimedia Commons)
19 Jul 18
Factions demand radical changes to electoral system.
18 Jul 18
Fraud high on list of likely issues that may undermine results.
Ink stains the finger of an Afghan soldier, proof that he voted. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)
16 Jul 18
Questions raised as to whether it will even be possible to vote in some districts.
Afghan workers of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) load ballot boxes to be distributed to polling stations. (Photo: Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)
11 Jul 18
A system intended to ensure transparency in October’s polls may not go far enough.
Women face widespread discrimination when it comes to political participation. (Photo: Lynsey Addario/Getty Images Reportage)
18 Jun 18
Traditional mores often prevent women even working outside the home, let alone running for office.
Afghan women show identification cards as they wait to cast their votes. (Photo: Banaras Khan/AFP/Getty Images)
15 Jun 18
Lucrative trade risks further delegitimising electoral process.
Officials and activists are warning that very few women are registering to vote in upcoming elections. (Photo: 	Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)
13 Jun 18
Conservative traditions mean that most do not even have national ID cards.
(Photo: Marcel Mettelsiefen/Getty Images)
11 Jun 18
A low turn-out risks undermining the credibility of the outcome.
8 Jun 18
Locals complain of having to travel unreasonable distances for the chance to participate in upcoming polls.
31 May 18
People reluctant to even register to vote amid security threats and ongoing corruption.

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