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Afghanistan officials to investigate voting fraud

[JURIST] The UN-Afghan Joint Electoral Management Body (JEMB) [official website] announced Sunday that it will investigate allegations of voting fraud in last month’s legislative elections [JURIST report]. The JEMB decision [text] says that the instances of fraud, including ballot stuffing and proxy voting, were isolated, not systematic, and will not affect the integrity of the overall results. JEMB chairman Peter Erben said that the organization will audit the ballot boxes of about four percent of the 26,000 polling stations countrywide. The European Union Election Observation Mission [official website] released a report [text] last week praising the election results overall, but characterized the reported fraud cases as “worrying.” Reuters has more.

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