Violent opposition to Afghanistan's April 5 election aside, the true democratic challenge will begin after the poll.
On Saturday Afghanistan votes for a new president. The M&G spoke to the UN's special representative for Afghanistan ahead of the country's elections.
Kenya has long prided itself on free media, but when the country went to the polls reporters and broadcasters went into a sort of self-imposed purdah.
The stakes are high, and the choice is between two presidential candidates who both lack integrity.