Afghan body says Kabul vote in­valid

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KABUL — Afghanistan’s Elec­toral Com­plaints Com­mis­sion ruled yes­ter­day that votes cast in the cap­i­tal Kabul dur­ing last Oc­to­ber’s par­lia­men­tary elec­tion were in­valid, cit­ing fraud and mis­man­age­ment.

The rul­ing must be up­held by the In­de­pen­dent Elec­tion Com­mis­sion, the body with over­all au­thor­ity over the bal­lot, which was marred by al­le­ga­tions of voter fraud, tech­ni­cal prob­lems with bio­met­ric voter ver­i­fi­ca­tion equip­ment and in­ac­cu­rate voter lists.

“There were se­ri­ous out­stand­ing prob­lems in Kabul that could hurt the fair­ness, trans­parency and in­clu­sive­ness of the elec­tion,” said Ali Reza Ro­hani, spokesman for the Elec­toral Com­plaints Com­mis­sion.

More than a mil­lion votes were recorded in Kabul, ac­count­ing for about a quar­ter of the roughly 4 mil­lion votes cast na­tion­wide. If con­firmed by the IEC, the de­ci­sion would call into ques­tion the va­lid­ity of an elec­tion heav­ily pushed by

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