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Expert Panel Sought to Probe Alleged Flaws in Afghan Vote - 2004-10-11


The joint U.N. - Afghan election commission has asked the United Nations to appoint a panel of independent experts to investigate claims of voting fraud in Saturday's presidential poll in Afghanistan.

Rivals of interim President Hamid Karzai described the election as a fraud while voting was still under way, although some of them have since backed off.

Officials on the commission say they have requested an international panel to probe alleged irregularities in the country's first direct presidential election.

The commission also says that vote counting has been put on hold in case there is any need to deal with a specific ballot box.

The French news agency quotes commission officials as saying that If candidates who boycotted the election on Saturday want to cast their votes, their demands would be considered.

Information for this report is provided by AFP and Reuters.

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