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Last Updated: Monday, 26 September 2005, 15:06 GMT 16:06 UK
'Dead women' elected in Pakistan
Voters queue in Karachi
Supporters of President Musharraf claimed victory in the polls
Police in Pakistan have launched an inquiry into complaints that two dead women were elected in last month's local elections.

The women were elected in two separate constituencies of Upper Dir district of North West Frontier Province (NWFP), reports say.

A quota system for women at the elections was intended to boost their representation at a provincial level.

But the elections were marred by violence and claims of vote-rigging.

Fresh voting?

Reports suggest that one of the women has been dead for 13 years and the other for three years.

Khushalzada Khan, assistant election officer in Upper Dir, told Reuters news agency that fresh voting would be ordered in the constituencies if the women were found to be dead.

Supporters of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf claimed victory in the local elections, in which individual political parties did not take part.

But opposition parties, and groups such as Pakistan's Human Rights Commission, said the elections were marred by extensive vote-rigging.


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