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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
October 8, 2004

Fact Sheet Elections in Afghanistan

On October 9, 2004, the Afghan people made history when they held their nation’s first direct presidential election. Parliamentary elections are scheduled for next spring.

"The Afghan people are showing extraordinary courage under difficult conditions… They've adopted a constitution that protects the rights of all, while honoring their nation's most cherished traditions. More than 10 million Afghan citizens – over 4 million of them women – are now registered to vote … To any who still would question whether Muslim societies can be democratic societies, the Afghan people are giving their answer.”

-- President Bush, September 21, 2004

The Election Process: Key Facts

The Long March to Elections


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