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    More Than 3,000 Complaints Registered in Afghan Elections

    Afghan boys look on a preliminary list taped to the wall of a polling station in Kabul, April 7, 2014. Afghan boys look on a preliminary list taped to the wall of a polling station in Kabul, April 7, 2014.
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    Afghan boys look on a preliminary list taped to the wall of a polling station in Kabul, April 7, 2014.
    Afghan boys look on a preliminary list taped to the wall of a polling station in Kabul, April 7, 2014.
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    Afghan authorities have received more than 3,000 reports of violations from last weekend's presidential election, exceeding the tally following a 2009 vote that was marred by widespread fraud.
     
    The three frontrunners have all complained of fraud in the April 5 vote meant to usher in Afghanistan's first democratic transfer of power, as incumbent Hamid Karzai prepares to step down after more than 12 years as head of state.
     
    Midnight on Monday was the deadline for reporting fraud and any irregularities, but the final figure is expected to rise as reports flow into Kabul along with ballot boxes from around the country.
     
    A final tally could take days to become available, since observers, voters and other parties all had means to lodge complaints at polling stations.
     
    “As soon as we get them, it is clear the final number is going to increase,” said Nader Mohseni, spokesman for the Independent Election Complaints Commission.
     
    “We cannot ignore the fact that during the elections, there were instances of fraud and electoral violations.”
     
    Roughly half of the 3,103 complaints registered so far would be investigated, Mohseni said, because the rest, reported by telephone, had lacked the required supporting evidence.
     
    This figure compares to more than 2,000 complaints investigated during the 2009 elections, which were tarnished by fraud that led to more than a million votes being scrapped.
     
    Complaints against election commission staff made up 772 of  the 1,573 complaints backed by documents, with another 573 aimed at provincial council candidates, while presidential hopefuls faced 228 complaints.
     
    Afghanistan held provincial council elections the same day.
     
    World leaders have praised the April 5 vote as a success, because of the strong turnout of voters, estimated at 60 percent of the 12 million eligible, and the failure of the Taliban to stage high-profile attacks on the day.
     
    Urban participation was unexpectedly high, but it is unclear to what extent rural voters were deterred by the militant group.
     
    There are also fears the Taliban may exploit easing security in the capital and elsewhere to ramp up attacks during the lengthy ballot counting process.
     
    Preliminary tallies put former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah in the lead in Kabul, but it could be weeks before a countrywide winner emerges.
     
    Expectations are growing that Abdullah will face a runoff with Ashraf Ghani, a former World Bank official with a program of radical economic reform.
     
    The former finance minister is expected to do well because of his strong Pashtun power base in the east and popularity in major cities, particularly among young people and women.
     
    In the fiercely tribal south, young city-dwellers said they would ignore pressure by elders to vote for one of their own and back Ghani because he presented the best prospects for reform.
     
    Adding to his prospects for success, Ghani's running mate, Abdul Rashid Dostum, an ethnic Uzbek former guerrilla leader, holds sway over hundreds of thousands of voters in the north.

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