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Afghan Election Commission Releases Final Election Results

Election commission Chairman Fazel Ahmad Manawi speaks during the announcement of the final election results in Kabul, Afghanistan on Dec 1, 2010.

Afghan election officials have announced the final results from September parliamentary elections that were marred by fraud and irregularities.

The country's Independent Election Commission said Wednesday all 11 seats in Ghazni province would go to members of the Hazara ethnic group, with no representation by the larger Pashtun population.

Most polling stations in Ghazni were shut due to insecurity during the September 18 vote. Widespread reports of fraud delayed the release of the final tally.

Election officials have disqualified 24 election winners nationwide and invalidated nearly a quarter of the 5.6 million votes that were cast.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP.