|Published:||Sep 19, 2010 1:13 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 18, 2010 10:13 PM EDT|
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Now the counting begins in Afghanistan's election for a new parliament.
Despite Taliban rocket strikes and bombings, Afghans turned out for their first election since a fraud-marred presidential ballot last year.
Now comes the real test: Afghans will have to decide whether to accept the results of this election as legitimate despite a modest turnout and early evidence of fraud.
The Taliban had pledged to disrupt the vote and launched attacks starting with a rocket fired into the capital before dawn.
At least 11 civilians and three police officers were killed, according to the Interior Ministry. The governor of Kandahar province survived a bombing as he drove between voting sites.
Yet there appeared to be less violence than during the last election, when more than 30 civilians were killed and a group of insurgents attacked Kabul.
Many of those who voted said they were determined to be heard over the Taliban.