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Nov112010

Caught on Tape: Did Afghan Warlord Sway Elections?

Photo Courtesy of Getty Images(AFGHANISTAN) -- In an audiotape that first aired on Afghan TV, an Afghan warlord is heard telling an election officer which candidates to declare as winners.

During October’s parliamentary election, Ismal Khan of Heart, the most notorious warlord in western Afghanistan, can be heard telling an Independent Election Commission worker who should win and who should lose.

The election worker, who sounded nervous, said he has already doctored votes but is not sure that he can deliver who Khan has chosen. ABC News can confidently report that some of Khan's favorite candidates did not win.

But the recording, if accurate, seems to call into question an election body that Western officials have lauded as more independent and vastly improved over last year.

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