Pemilihan presiden hari Sabtu adalah yang keempat sejak jatuhnya Taliban pada tahun 2001. Noorullah Shirzada / AFP

Para pemilih di Afghanistan memberikan suara mereka untuk memilih pemimpin negara mereka berikutnya.

Pemenang diharapkan memainkan peran penting dalam upaya untuk mengakhiri perang dengan Taliban, yang sekarang mengendalikan lebih banyak negara daripada kapan pun sejak terjatuh dalam invasi pimpinan AS pada 2001.

Kelompok bersenjata itu menolak untuk berunding dengan pemerintah Afghanistan dan mengecam pemilihan itu sebagai “penipuan”. Mereka mendesak para pemilih untuk menjauh dari tempat pemungutan suara, yang mengancam akan diserang.

Di tengah meningkatnya kekhawatiran keamanan, puluhan ribu pasukan keamanan dikerahkan pada hari Sabtu di seluruh negeri untuk melindungi pemilih.

Pemilu, yang telah ditunda dua kali, berlangsung setelah pembicaraan antara Amerika Serikat dan Taliban runtuh awal bulan ini.

The polls opened at 7am local time (2:30 GMT) and are scheduled to close at 3pm (11:00 GMT). [Parwiz/Reuters]
The polls opened at 7am local time (2:30 GMT) and are scheduled to close at 3pm (11:00 GMT). Parwiz/Reuters
Saturday's presidential election is the fourth since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. [Noorullah Shirzada/AFP]
Saturday’s presidential election is the fourth since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. Noorullah Shirzada/AFP
An election official checks a voter's documents with a UV flashlight at a polling station in Kabul. [Omar Sobhani/Reuters]
An election official checks a voter’s documents with a UV flashlight at a polling station in Kabul. Omar Sobhani/Reuters
As part of the biometric voting system, an election official takes the picture of a woman before she casts her ballot in Kabul. [Rahmat Gul/AP Photo]
As part of the biometric voting system, an election official takes the picture of a woman before she casts her ballot in Kabul. Rahmat Gul/AP Photo
To protect voters and polling stations, tens of thousands of Afghan forces were deployed across the country. [Noorullah Shirzada/AFP]
To protect voters and polling stations, tens of thousands of Afghan forces were deployed across the country. Noorullah Shirzada/AFP
An Independent Election Commission (IEC) official, left, helps a woman cast her vote at a polling station in Herat. [Hoshang Hashimi/AFP]
An Independent Election Commission (IEC) official, left, helps a woman cast her vote at a polling station in Herat. Hoshang Hashimi/AFP
Some 9.6 million people registered to vote in the presidential election. [Mohammad Ismail/Reuters]
Some 9.6 million people registered to vote in the presidential election. Mohammad Ismail/Reuters
A presidential candidate must secure 50 percent of the vote to win outright. If no candidate crosses the threshold, a runoff will be held between the top two contenders - most likely on November 23. [Mohammad Ismail/Reuters]
A presidential candidate must secure 50 percent of the vote to win outright. If no candidate crosses the threshold, a runoff will be held between the top two contenders – most likely on November 23. Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

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