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Max Forte's List: Afghanistan Elections 2010

    • Judges seek delay in opening Afghan parliament
    • By RAHIM FAIEZ and HEIDI VOGT, Associated Press

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    • Afghanistan annuls nearly a quarter of ballots
    • By HEIDI VOGT, Associated Press Writer Heidi Vogt, Associated Press Writer    –  22 mins ago
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      KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghanistan has thrown out nearly a quarter of ballots cast in last month's parliamentary elections because of fraud, according to full preliminary results released Wednesday.


      The findings, which confirmed earlier reports, indicated that cheating was pervasive in the Sept. 18 vote that many hoped would show the Afghan government's commitment to reforming its corrupt bureaucracy.


      But observers also praised the voided ballots as an achievement because it meant that the election officials had kept fraudulent ballots out of the totals.


      That's a major change from last year's disastrous presidential election, when election commissioners dumped obviously fraudulent ballots into the tally to help President Hamid Karzai avoid a runoff with his top challenger. It was only after drawn-out investigations that about a million ballots were thrown out — the majority of them for Karzai.

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    • Robert Greenwald

        Posted: October 19, 2010
    • Caught on Video: Ballot Stuffing in Afghanistan

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    • 25 Afghan lawmakers accused of vote fruad

      KABUL — Afghanistan's election watchdog confirmed Sunday that more than 170 candidates who stood for parliament, including 25 current lawmakers, have been accused of electoral fraud.

      The Electoral Complaints Commission (EEC) said they have registered 4,149 complaints since polling day on September 18. More than half the complaints have been given top priority and if proven, could affect the final results.

      Of those candidates accused, 136 were referred by the Independent Election Commission and 39 by security institutions, ECC spokesman Ahmad Zia Rafaat told reporters.

      "Among the accused candidates, there are 25 members of the lower house," he said. If allegations are proven against any candidate, their votes will be nullified and they will be referred for prosecution.

      More than 2,500 candidates stood for the 249 seats in Afghanistan's lower house of parliament, or Wolesi Jirga. Over four million votes were cast at the 5,510 polling stations that opened across Afghanistan on election day.

      The election was clouded by Taliban violence and claims of fraud. Hundreds of polling centres were unable to open because of a lack of security.

      Results cannot be verified until the ECC has investigated all of the allegations of fraud and irregularities lodged at its office.

    • More than 4,000 complaints in Afghan poll

        KABUL |   Sun Oct 10, 2010

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    • Afghan Election Disaster: Evidence of Fraud Rises, Leaving Results in Doubt


      Data Shows Almost Ridiculous Levels of Fraud

        by Jason Ditz,   October 10, 2010
    • Afghanistan’s Electoral Complaints Commission today issued a series of alarming statistics regarding the level of fraud in last month’s parliamentary election, pointing to a number of credible, high profile complaints that leave even last year’s presidential election seeming responsible by comparison.

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    • Thousands of complaints filed over Afghan elections


      Officials say they have received more than 4,000 complaints about the parliamentary elections in September, many of which could affect the outcome, if they are upheld.


      October 11, 2010

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    • Afghanistan tosses out thousands of votes amid fraud probe


      Ballots from 10% of the nation's voting centers have been nullified as widespread complaints of vote irregularities are investigated. Preliminary results may be delayed again.


      October 19, 2010

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