Nearly 4 million undeterred Afghans overcame a number of security incidents and problems with voting machines to choose their members of parliament.
Nearly 9 million Afghans have registered to vote to decide who will occupy the 249 seats for next Wolesi Jirga.
The Afghan president has ordered high ranking security officials and commando forces to deploy to Kandahar immediately following the murder of powerful provincial police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq.
More than 50,000 security forces have been deployed to ensure voters can exercise their democratic right during Saturday's election.
The public military display is meant to assure the Afghan public of security preparations ahead of Saturday's parliamentary elections, officials say.
The month-long exercises are aimed to ensure the security of election sites for the long-delayed parliamentary polls set to take place next Saturday (October 20).
Each voter can only choose one candidate, but finding them on Kabul's giant ballot paper, which is roughly the size of a tabloid newspaper, could be time-consuming.
The incident underscores the Iranian-backed militia's bullying tactics and the illegality of Afghans fighting in the Syrian civil war.
'I will either die or vote,' said one man interviewed.
The Iranian consulate in Herat has refused to move its walls over the past three years, preventing the widening of the city's central street and causing traffic headaches for residents.
The warnings refer to Afghans recruited by the Iran-backed Fatemiyoun Division, which fights on the side of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russia.
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