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'Rigging' fears in Afghan poll

Initial counting from Afghanistan's presidential election shows incumbent Hamid Karzai with a slight lead.

With 10% of the ballots counted, the election commission said Mr Karzai had 212,927 votes, compared to 202,889 for ex-Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah.

But the election's official adjudicators, the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC), is investigating almost 800 complaints of fraud and irregularities and, out of these, 54 are considered to be very serious.

Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has said "there is no doubt that the state crafted an ingenious fraud".

Ian Pannell reports.


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