November 25th, 2010
11:13 AM ET

Afghanistan investigates charges of election fraud

Four people have been arrested on suspicion of fraudulent activities during Afghanistan's parliamentary elections, the attorney general's office said Thursday.

Two are suspected of taking money from candidates running for parliamentary seats during the September vote, Deputy Attorney General Rahmatiullah Nazari said.

They had apparently introduced themselves to candidates as European Union observers, "but it's not clear who they were working for and that is what we are investigating at this point," Nazari said.

There was no immediate comment from the European Union.

The two others are believed to be money exchange dealers, he said.

The arrests came the same day the attorney general said his office is investigating allegations of fraud in the elections.

The investigation was launched after both the winning and losing sides filed complaints against the Afghan Independent Election Commission and the Election Complaint Commission, the attorney general's office said.

The spokesmen of both commissions have been suspended over corruption charges and are accused of making statements against Afghan national interests, said Hafizullah Hafiz, director of the complaint commission in the attorney general's office.

Authorities have also arrested a number of people suspected of fraudulent activities - specifically, having exchanged or planned to exchange money for votes, Hafiz said.

Officials on Wednesday announced results from all but one of Afghanistan's 34 provinces.

Votes from more than 3,000 polling stations were thrown out because of suspected fraud, but the final results will stand, said Fazal Ahmad Manawi, who heads the Independent Election Commission.

The 11 seats allocated for Ghazni province have yet to be finalized, said the commission's Zekria Barakzai.

Ghazni remains unresolved because a deteriorating security situation kept voters in many parts of that province from casting a ballot in the September 18 elections. Barakzai said the election commission will decide the status of the Ghazni seats next week.

It is not known yet which one of Afghanistan's ethnic groups, including the Pashtun-speaking majority, won the most seats in the Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of the National Assembly.

The United States welcomed the certified election results, saying that despite irregularities, the election commission and the Electoral Complaints Commission "have worked well to advance a credible process."

-Journalist Matiullah Mati and CNN's Samson Desta contributed to this report.

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  1. Craig Michael

    We are still at the point were elctions, certainly under our support, are seen as more of an intrusion than any assistance, if not entirely useless.

    November 29, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    So God was pleased to see the WTC and pentagon being attacked by Islamic murderers?

    November 28, 2010 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Is anyone here sure that the C.I.A. didn't somehow have a hand in this? I guess that we'll never know!

      November 28, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Yea right, that would be the smart thing to do. Tell me what benefit would the CIA get out of such a horrific attack?

        November 28, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe


        November 29, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    And the Taliban and their terrorist allies have passed the exam huh? But mark my words when you cry out to Jesus He will tell you that He does not know you, go away!

    November 27, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
    • atal

      Everyone knows repeating a lie over and over again does not make it the truth and that includes your lie of 360 degrees you are a foolish and silly person. ps leave Carlos Santana out of your stupid diatribe he is a music master.

      November 27, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Are you saying that the Taliban and the terrorist are in God's Favor for their activities against western civilization?

      November 27, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      So you believe the attacks against the western world is doing God a favor because we are a struggle against the truth of 360 degrees?

      November 27, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Again Jesus foretold us about you people who kill others in God's name thinking your doing God a favor!

      November 28, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    You aught to be very thankful for the lord Jesus giving himself up on the cross for all our sins! This is God's grace for each of us because we all fall short of the glory of God.

    November 26, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Are you telling me that the all loving God is going to do me harm after my faith in Him who died on the cross as the last sacrifice for all peoples sins?

      November 26, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    So are you saying Gabriel is God?

    November 26, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. CraigMichael

    Hey, CNN get your act together. If I find out my temporary commenting ability has been stagnated because your corporate department decided to take the very poor advice of some flagged word 165$ an hour guru..I'm going to comment about that till the cows come home.

    November 26, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CraigMichael

    I have been. This is insane. I input nothing inappropriate.. Is their a text limit? Am I writing too much?

    November 26, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMC Forever

      Evidently Craig,your comments are not conservative enough! You may have noticed that these right-wing creeps don't seem to have any problems with their posts and neither does Phunnie boy who keeps on poking fun at the troops.

      November 26, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe


        November 27, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CraigMichael

    what is wrong with this thing, my comment won't post.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Like Islamic radicals to Islamic murderers!

      November 26, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      They are one and the same!

      November 26, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Simple,Craig. Your comment apparently was not conservative enough. You might have noticed that all these right-wing nutjobs plus Phunnie boy are having no problems at all with their posts,to my chagrin!!!

      November 26, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe


        November 27, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. George Patton

    What I want to know is why can't we have a decent list of intelligent comments here without a bunch of right-wing idiots blogging in here ,vomiting their ignoance every time? Don't answer me Phunnie boy,please but I guess you will anyway with one of your stupid jokes which are never funny as nobody laughs at them but you!!!

    November 25, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe


      November 26, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • George Patton

        Wrong answer,Phunnie boy! That's not what I asked but I knew that you would blog in one of your most unfunny jokes.

        November 26, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe


        November 27, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    No magic with the Holy Spirit, Just a lot of love, caring and sharing for one another instead of killing, bombing and shooting one another!!

    November 25, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Gabriel is an angel of God who carries the Holy Spirit within him, just like everyone who has faith in Jesus as their savior! The Holy Spirit only comes from Jesus, The Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

      November 26, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      So are you saying Gabriel is God? Is he the one you bow down to?

      November 26, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Jesus needed no messenger because the Father was in Him!

      November 26, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Or guidance also because the Holy Spirit was in Him!

      November 26, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    The communist way of life has shown to be a failed way to live and is against human rights for it's people!

    November 25, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Sie wissen sehr wohl Betruger,das da nicht wahr ist! Ausserdem,horen Sie mein name stehlen auf!!!

      November 25, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe


        November 26, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Riza Afghan

    Be Positive, Mates!
    It's matter of time, Afghanistan government is raising and kicking the bad guys out from AFG.

    No Country was perfect, even USA, it takes sometime.

    November 25, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe


      November 26, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Now that's one of the most sensible statements I've seen yet,Dan. Thank you.

    November 25, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe


      November 25, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe


        November 26, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Ironically under the Communists none of this would've happened. We most probably should never have backed the Mujaheddin back in the 1970's and 1980's and if the Communists won out,the Russians would not have intervened.

    November 25, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMC Forever

      Quite true Dan,quite true.

      November 25, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe


        November 25, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • james

        You again!!!

        November 25, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      The Mujahadin consisted of many ethnic Afghan groups and wanted freedom from the communists just like the northern Alliance which wanted freedom from your Taliban murderous friends!

      November 26, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |