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©HEDAYATULLAH AMID/EPA/MAXPPP - epaselect epa07105442 An Afghan soldier escorts election workers as they carry ballot boxes loaded on donkeys in Abdullah Khil valley in northern province Panjsher, Afghanistan, 19 October 2018. According to the Independent Election Commission (IEC) around 2,565 candidates are battling in elections scheduled for 20 October for the 249 seats in Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of the Parliament), including 417 female candidates. EPA-EFE/HEDAYATULLAH AMID