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November 06, 2010

Hundreds in Afghanistan Stage Post-Election Protest

Hundred of Afghanis, including dozens of lawmakers and disgruntled candidates, took to the streets of Kabul Sunday in renewed protests against recent parliamentary elections in their country, which were marred by allegations of fraud.

The protesters condemned the election, calling on the government to hold a new vote.

The September parliamentary poll followed last year's presidential election, which was also marred by widespread fraud.

Afghan election officials have disqualified nearly a quarter of the 5.6 million ballots cast in the parliamentary poll because of fraud and other irregularities.  Election officials say they also are investigating at least 224 candidates for alleged fraud.  

Final election results were originally set to be released by the end of October, but have been delayed while a United Nations-backed commission goes through thousands of complaints.

Lawmakers and candidates have accused election officials of taking bribes from winning candidates.

The Afghan attorney general's office says it plans to investigate those allegations.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.