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44 arrested for voter fraud, interference

At least 44 people including several policemen have been charged with voter fraud and interfering in the voting for parliamentary elections, the interior ministry said Sunday.

“Up until now, intelligence and security forces have detained 44 people including several policemen on charges of interfering in elections and committing fraud in Kabul polls,” said deputy interior minister Nasrat Rahimi.

The voting which began early on Saturday has been marred by large-scale irregularities and operational mismanagement. The election commission had to extend the polls until Sunday to compensate for delays in opening hundreds of polling stations and malfunctioning of the biometric voting technology which could have disenfranchised hundreds of thousands.

Observers criticized disarray and maladministration in the polling which, they allege, triggered electoral interference and voter fraud.

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