by Patrick Appel
The NYT's new At War blog has been updating this post on Afghan elections throughout the day:
As Reuters explains, Afghanistan will take weeks to count the ballots cast today perhaps in part because the country’s Independent Election Commission distributed ballot boxes to hard to reach areas of the country using 3039 cars, 3 helicopters and 3171 donkeys, which all now have to make their way back to Kabul. Preliminary results won’t be announced until September 3 and final results come two weeks later. If no presidential candidate wins more than 50 per cent of the votes in the first round, there will be a second round run-off between the top two candidates, most likely on October 1.