For the first time in its history, or in the history of the area, Afghanistan has just started its first ever free elections. And women are voting!
Nerves on edge, voting starts in Afghanistan’s first election
October 9, 2004, ASSOCIATED PRESS
KABUL, Afghanistan – A truck caught fire near a northern polling station today, causing no casualties but some confusion in a nation on edge as it holds its first- presidential election amid a gathering threat of Taliban violence.
A Western official said on condition of anonymity that a bomb had gone off at a polling station in Mazar-e-Sharif, but peacekeeping officials and the governor in control of the town said no such bombing had occurred.
Lt. Cmdr. Ken Mackillop, a spokesman for the peacekeepers, said there had been a truck fire at a polling station in the northern city of Maimana, but that it did not cause any casualties.(excerted from article)