1 in 10 suspect Afghan ballot boxes face recount

Last Updated: Friday, September 25, 2009 - 21:32

Kabul: Afghan officials say they will
recount 10 per cent of suspect ballot boxes to speed
long-delayed results of the disputed presidential election.
The Afghan election commission and a UN-backed panel
investigating widespread fraud allegations said in a statement
today that they agreed to audit and recount ballots from 313
of the 3,063 polling stations deemed suspicious because of
more than 100 per cent turnout or nearly all votes cast for
one candidate.
Grant Kippen, the Canadian head of the UN-backed panel,
said the sample was determined with the help of outside
election experts and he is confident it will provide a fair
result. He said the margin of error with the sample size is
less than one percentage point.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, September 25, 2009 - 21:32

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