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Fraud allegations won't mar Afghan election results, commission says

[JURIST] The UN-Afghan Joint Electoral Management Body (JEMB) [official website] said Monday that final results of Afghanistan's legislative polls will be announced on Wednesday [press release, PDF], and that fraud allegations will not call the results into question. The September 18 vote [JURIST report] was the first opportunity for Afghans to elect members to its Wolesi Jirga [Wikipedia profile], or lower house of parliament, but reports of fraud [JURIST report], including ballot stuffing, proxy voting and voter intimidation, caused the JEMB to investigate and dismiss election workers [JURIST report]. A JEMB spokesman said Monday that "All complaints of the losing candidates have been dealt with carefully and very few have been accompanied with facts such as time and locations. We are confident that the legitimacy of the elections is intact." A slow vote count and the fraud allegations have delayed the announcement of official results, originally scheduled for October 19. Reuters has more.

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