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Taliban attacks then kept even more voting sites closed on election day, according to the commission.

“A critical issue given that the constituencies are the provinces, is not necessarily the level of turnout — although obviously there is a threshold below which people will start to question the election — but the extent to which it is balanced across the province,” said Mark Sedwill, NATO’s senior civilian representative.

He added the goal is a parliament that reflects the makeup of the provinces.

“We hope that the outcome will be genuinely representative and inclusive so that every tribe … every ethnic group within Afghanistan feels they have a fair representation in parliament,” he said.