So, not long after the Serena attack, came the third presidential elections since the demise of the Taliban.
I should have blogged about this earlier but I was too busy tweeting and had jumped on the election bandwagon. Its been a fun ride!
The turnout was faaantastic. Absolute victory for the afghans. The queueing at the polling stations was impressive, take a look:
Impressive, ain’t it?! Make no mistake, the women also turned up in large numbers (their queues just weren’t as tidy as the men’s).
I don’t think I’ve ever seen such perfect lines.
Okay, enough about lines, some of the votes have been counted and Abdullah has scored 41 percent with Ashraf Ghani not too far off. It’s still way too early to establish patterns, and doesn’t say much.
Mid-May is when the final count will be announced. I am hoping we won’t go into a run-off, deep down I don’t think it will go as peacefully as the April elections did.
In any case, regardless of who wins, the afghans have won. People exercised their right to vote. Democracy has won. The taliban have lost.