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Afghanistan will vote on April 5 to choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai and to decide the make-up of 34 provincial councils in elections seen as a benchmark of progress since the Taliban were ousted from power in 2001.

In the photo above, Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah and vice-presidential candidates Mohammed Mohaqiq and Mohammad Khan wave to their supporters during a campaign rally at a stadium in Herat on Tuesday.

Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah lead the convoy after his arrival at an election campaign rally in Herat province on Tuesday.ZOHRA BENSEMRA / Reuters
An election worker stands on a stack of plastic boxes containing election material at a warehouse in Mazar-i-Sharif before it was sent to different polling stations around Balkh province in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday.FARSHAD USYAN / AFP - Getty Images
Supporters of presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani cheer during an election campaign in Kabul on Tuesday.MOHAMMAD ISMAIL / Reuters