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Afghan Presidential Rival Releases 'Vote Fraud' Video

The main challenger for the Afghan presidency released a video that he said showed supporters of President Hamid Karzai fraudulently marking ballots in the August 20 presidential poll.  Abdullah Abdullah, who scored 28 per cent

PTI [ Updated: October 01, 2009 3:29 IST ]
afghan presidential rival releases vote fraud video
afghan presidential rival releases vote fraud video

The main challenger for the Afghan presidency released a video that he said showed supporters of President Hamid Karzai fraudulently marking ballots in the August 20 presidential poll. 

Abdullah Abdullah, who scored 28 per cent according to preliminary results, handed the video to Kabul-based media to bolster his accusations that Karzai rigged the vote. 

The video released by Abdullah's office appears to show several men and a woman wearing Afghan national dress in a room with ballot papers and open ballot boxes scattered around them. 

The woman is seen stamping ballot papers that favour Karzai at speed. 

One of the men folds the papers and throws them onto a pile, while another displays the ticked ballot papers to the camera. 

All of those involved seem aware of the camera, but show no discomfort. 

Karzai leads the preliminary results with around 55 per cent, though recounting and auditing of suspect ballots could cut his lead to below the 50 per cent-plus-one-vote mark required for victory. That would force a run-off. 

The final result of the election is expected within the next two weeks, as electoral authorities investigate fraud allegations. PTI

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