October 20th, 2010
11:16 AM ET

More than 20 percent of vote thrown out in Afghan election

Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission released preliminary results of the September 18 parliamentary elections stating that 1.3 million votes of the total of 5.6 million ballots have been cancelled out because of fraud.

That means about 23 percent of the total votes were tossed out, the election commission said Wednesday.

On Monday, the election commission announced that 10 percent of the votes in the election would be thrown out because of suspected fraud.

Since then election, officials found more fraudulent votes.

This announcement comes after allegations of ballot-box stuffing and bribery have tainted the vote.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai pledged to cut corruption and increase transparency after he was re-elected in a August 2009 election that was later deemed fraudulent by the United Nations and other vote-monitoring organizations.

The September 18 parliamentary vote was viewed widely as a key test for Afghanistan's fledgling democracy and the latest allegations of fraud could present Karzai with further problems.

Zekria Barikzai, deputy chief of election commission, cautioned that the number of votes thrown out was similar to the votes thrown out in the presidential election.

Barikzai said about 1.3 million votes were thrown out in the 2009 re-election of Karzai.

"In parliamentary election some of the powerful local people tried to influence the process," Barikzai said.

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  1. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Look how many votes was pulled out when Bush Jr ran!!! I keep saying other Countries watch what the US does... So We should do the right thing instead of the things We are doing today!!!

    October 23, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      Apparently democracy takes a lot of practice, the US still doesn't have it right as apparent by GW getting elected erroneously becuase Jews and Old People in Florida were too stupid to use the voting machine. If it's that hard for the US, then I think only throwing out 20% of the vote is a good start for Afghanistan and they can't even read thier own language there.

      October 25, 2010 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Boy are You a idiot... They put the bad equipment in the Democratic areas!!! That is why they had so much problems there... Florida is not only Jews and Old People!!!! So Why pick on Them???

        October 25, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Not Her again!!!

    October 23, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. Semper Fi don't hide

    This is a Burka free Afghan woman.

    October 22, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. atal

    You would benefit from a cranial enema.

    October 21, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      I was thinking more like a full labotomy.

      October 22, 2010 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      The conversation Here is getting worse every day!!!

      October 23, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. atal

    I would rather look at her than read your garbage climb back down into your gutter.

    October 20, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |