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Some Afghan Poll Results Expected Thursday


Afghan election officials have finished counting ballots from last month's legislative elections and are to release some provisional results Thursday.

A spokesman for the joint U.N.-Afghan election commission says the physical count is complete, except for some ballots that are subject to audit.

Vote counts are to be released in phases over the coming days, as officials investigate reports of vote fraud. Final results are due by October 22.

Unofficial tallies show that warlords and opponents of President Hamid Karzai have fared relatively well, and women lawmakers could hold the balance of power in the new national assembly.

Meanwhile, a suspected suicide bomber has blown up a pick-up truck near a Canadian military convoy in southern Afghanistan, killing himself and a child. Three Canadian soldiers were wounded.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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