Voters Head to Polls for Second Round of Afghan Presidential Election

Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Voters returned to the polls on Saturday for the second round of voting in Afghanistan's presidential elections.

Both candidates, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani advanced in the first round of the election to face off in Saturday's runoff. Shukria Barekzai, a member of the Afghan parliament said on Saturday that the runoff "is democracy," and that he hoped the voters would select "the most reformist president."

The first round of the election saw historically high voter turnouts, though it was not clear if the second round would inspire the same excitement among voters. More than 160,000 security were deployed on Saturday to prevent any major incidents at the polls, which they accomplished successfully on Saturday.

The election results are expected to be finalized next month. The transition is expected to mark the first time one Afghan president will hand over power to an elected successor in a peaceful manner.

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