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Afghanistan election: Complaints of irregularities

Source: PTI
October 09, 2004 17:22 IST
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Fourteen of the 18 candidates in Afghanistan's historic election on Saturday alleged there were irregularties in voting and said they would not accept the results.

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Voters had turned up in large numbers at voting booths to elect a new government.

The trouble started in the morning as news spread that the ink used to mark voters' fingers could be erased easily.

The election commission said the problem existed only at one booth where wrong ink was used.

However, supporters of Yunus Qanooni, the main challenger to President Hamid Karzai, said voting booths in areas where their leader had greater support were not opened in time.

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