Vote count begins in Afghanistan presidential election

The vote count began Thursday in Afghanistan's presidential election, after a UN-appointed panel investigating complaints surrounding the election said it would isolate ballot boxes it wanted to examine. The panel of three international experts was established to investigate allegations of voting irregularities. The panel also extended the deadline for complaints to be lodged until 6 PM Thursday. Afghanistan's Joint Electoral Management Body has a fact sheet [DOC] on the vote counting process. AFP has more. BBC has background on the UN panel, which has received criticism from the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission for not being truly independent.

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