NPR Staff Photographer David Gilkey has spent the past few weeks documenting the presidential election campaign in Afghanistan, something that’s still relatively new for the country.
President Hamid Karzai, who is barred from running for another term, won the polls in 2004 and 2009. This time around, three candidates appear to be the frontrunners in what has been a lively, and occasionally violent campaign.
Candidates have crisscrossed the ethnically divided country in an attempt to broaden their base. Many rallies have attracted large crowds, and candidates have increasingly made appeals to women voters.
The Taliban have staged periodic attacks during the campaign, but Afghans appeared ready to turn out in large numbers on Saturday.
For more details, we have this primer on the election.