An Afghan news agency reported that of the 29 percent of ballots from the presidential election that were audited, 54,000 votes of Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and 31,000 of Dr. Abdullah were found bogus. As many as 1,170, 107 votes cast for the Ghani-led Change Continuity team were scrutinized by the team. Of them, 54,505 ballots were found fraudulent. Similarly, of the 1,060,709 votes of the Abdullah-headed Reform and Unanimity team that were reassessed, 31,857 were declared bogus.
Most of Ghani’s bogus votes came from nine polling sites, where more than 500 ballots were declared forged at each site. Four of these sites are located in the Panjwai district of Kandahar and three are in southeastern Paktika province. The highest number of bogus votes cast for Abdullah came from two polling sites in central Logar province and one in Paktika.