Afghanistan assembly election results announced after fraud investigations Nishat Hasan at 10:37 AM ET
[JURIST] Final certified results [official count] of the September 18 Afghan election for the Wolesi Jirga (lower-house of parliament) [Wikipedia backgrounder] and councils in all 34 provinces were released Saturday. Among those elected were three former members of the deposed Taliban and several former Afghan commanders, some of whom have been accused of war crimes [JURIST report] during the Afghan civil war. Women won all 68 seats reserved for them in the lower-house. Reporting of the final results by the UN-Afghan Joint Electoral Management Body [official website] had been delayed by a slow count and allegations of vote fraud [JURIST report]; the electoral commission found some irregularities, but not enough [JURIST report] to call the results into question. Reuters has more.
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