September 28, 2019 / 1:07 PM / 16 days ago

Polls close in Afghanistan presidential election - official

Men arrive to cast their votes outside a polling station in the presidential election in Jalalabad, Afghanistan September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Parwiz

KABUL (Reuters) - Polling centres in a presidential election closed in Afghanistan on Saturday amid accusations that voting was flawed and the voter turn out was very thin, heightening fears that an unclear result could drive country into further chaos.

Preliminary results are not expected before Oct. 17 and final results not until Nov. 7. If no candidate gets 51% of the vote, a second round will be held between the two leading candidates.

Taliban fighters attacked several polling stations across the country to derail the process but intense security measures prevented large-scale violence.

Reporting by Hamid Shalizi; Editing by Edmund Blair

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