Activists and experts say that social media campaigns were among the factors behind an unprecedented high turnout in the Afghan elections. An estimated seven million Afghans went to the polls, despite Taliban threats.
Despite threats from the Taliban, Afghans lined up for hours in front of polling stations on April 5 to elect a new president. Estimates put voter turnout at 58 percent, with many women said to have cast their ballots.
Defying threats of violence, Afghans flocked to polling centers nationwide to elect a new president. The high turnout shows that Afghans prefer democracy to the misery of Taliban rule, analyst Michael Kugelman tells DW.
With elections now underway in India, the Muslim vote is of vital importance to the outcome. The country's single largest religious minority makes up 14 percent of India's population of more than 1.2 billion people.