Localized fraud uncovered in Afghanistan's election
By wire services
Published October 3, 2005
KABUL, Afghanistan - Ballot boxes from hundreds of polling stations in Afghanistan's landmark parliamentary elections have been quarantined due to suspected vote fraud, but the overall credibility of the results was not in doubt, the chief electoral officer said Sunday.
Peter Erben said the joint U.N.-Afghan election body was reviewing the reported irregularities and will announce "tough action" later this week on whether to exclude ballot boxes from the vote count.
But Erben said the reports of fraud were localized and would not undermine the credibility of the Sept. 18 election, seen as a key step in Afghanistan's transition to democracy after two decades of war and civil strife.
In all, about 4 percent of ballot boxes have been quarantined.
About 6.8-million Afghans voted at more than 26,000 polling stations for new national and provincial assemblies. Final results are due Oct. 22.Pacific storm weakens; Atlantic storm forms
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