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Wednesday
Oct202010

Millions of Votes Tossed Out in Afghan Parliamentary Elections

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission is tossing out 1.3 million votes out of the 5.6 million cast for last month’s parliamentary elections.  Of 2,500 candidates, 224 are being accused of fraud and their cases have been sent to the Electoral Complaints Commission for investigation.

Only 23 percent were expected to cast ballots, but the “turnout” -- or votes cast -- was approximately a million more than predicted.

A video obtained by ABC News appears to show underage voters and ballot stuffing. The video at one point shows an individual in a police uniform watching as a person casts dozens of fake ballots. Another part shows a woman with multiple voting cards.

The election process was praised by several western governments and non-governmental organizations as being much improved over last year's presidential election.  Last year, just over 17 percent of the votes were discarded.

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