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Afghanistan elections draw 2000 complaints

Afghanistan's election watchdog has received a total of 2,064 complaints relating to irregularities on polling day.

Afghanistan's election watchdog has received a total of 2,064 complaints relating to irregularities on polling day for the country's parliamentary ballot after a deadline expired. "By late yesterday we received a total of 2,064 written complaints registered with us about irregularities and problems on election day," the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) spokesman Ahmad Zia Rafaat said. Mr Rafaat said 1,700 official complaints had been submitted relating to the pre-election process that began in April - bringing total complaints so far to 3,764.

Afghans can register complaints about any part of the electoral process within three days of an alleged irregularity, and many more are expected over problems with the post-election process, such as vote counting. "We keep receiving complaints every day," said Mr Rafaat. *AFP