Electoral crisis in Afghanistan intensifies

October 19, 2009 6:21:23 AM PDT
Fraud investigators have thrown out hundreds of thousands of ballots for Afghanistan's president from the country's disputed August election. The report sets the stage for a runoff between him and his top challenger.A U.N.-backed panel Monday released its findings after nearly two months of investigations.

International officials say the panel determined that President Hamid Karzai's total fell below the 50 percent needed for outright victory. But a separate commission is yet to accept the findings and call for a second-round vote. That commission had questioned some of the findings.

Investigators did not provide exact figures, but it was clear hundreds of thousands of Karzai votes were thrown out.

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