Recounts ordered at 10% of Afghan polling sites

Vote tallies from about 10% of Afghanistan’s polling stations need to be recounted because of possible irregularities in the country’s presidential election, a top poll official said today.

Grant Kippen, of the UN-backed Electoral Complaints Commission, said just over 2,500 polling stations will need to be audited and recounted. There were about 26,300 polling stations across Afghanistan on election day, August 20.

Last week, the ECC ordered Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission to audit and recount ballot boxes from stations which had 100% turnout or where a candidate received more than 95% of the valid votes.

The election was marred by hundreds of complaints of fraud.

The ECC has already thrown out ballots from 83 polling stations because of fraud allegations.

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