September 12, 2009 5:43 PM

Afghan election panel relaxed fraud rules to avoid runoff

Last week, after it determined that excluding questionable ballots in Afghanistan's August presidential election would force President Hamid Karzai into a runoff, the country's Independent Election Commission voted to allow them to be counted, according to commission and Western officials. This allowed hundreds of thousands of questionable ballots to be included in the results, according to a commission official.

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