Pakistani prime minister-elect Imran Khan in his election victory speech vowed to improve relations with Afghanistan with an emphasis on open borders and free trade.
The UN Security Council singled out the Taliban and ISIS as those resorting to violence to obstruct the polls scheduled for October 20.
'Do not sell your votes,' one religious scholar said. 'It is your faith and moral duty to elect a proper representative who serves well.'
Only elections will 'free' Afghanistan from war, Afghan officials say, reiterating their calls for the Taliban to take a political rather than violent approach to change.
The election is a fundamental step to ensuring the future of Afghanistan, local tribal chiefs and ulema said, urging residents in both highly populated and remote areas to register and vote.