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Welcome to democracy, Afghan-style.

An incumbent president and 38 challengers, including two women, are vying for the votes of 17 million registered Afghans against a backdrop of war, graft, poverty and illiteracy.

More than 3,000 donkeys, 3,000 cars and three helicopters will traverse harsh terrain to carry voting materials to remote polling stations. And 30 observer groups, domestic and international, will be on hand to help guard against fraud. Read full article »

CNN's Ivan Watson, Kevin Flower and Moni Basu contributed to this report.

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