Price of vote
Nearly a dozen people had their index fingers cut off by the Taliban because they had voted in the presidential run-off polls in Herat. The 11 victims were attacked soon after they had cast ballots. Condemning the incident, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš, said, “Like millions of their countrymen and women, these ordinary Afghans were exercising their fundamental right to determine the future path of their country through voting and not through violence and intimidation. “They (the Taliban) know they have lost the support of the Afghan people,” he added. According to initial estimates from the Independent Election Commission, about 60 percent of the country's 12 million eligible voters turned out to vote in the run-off elections to elect a new president for the country.