Afghans Vote, Foes Cry Foul

Despite threats of violence--which didn't materialize--Afghans braved dust storms and mountain blizzards to cast ballots in their country's first ever elections last weekend. But the vote was thrown into uncertainty when all 15 opponents of President Hamid Karzai (who is widely expected to win) declared it a "preplanned fraud." They charged that the polling was marred by circulation of 100,000 fake ballots, that some polling places were shut down when the tally turned against Karzai, and that the indelible ink mark put on voters' fingers to prevent multiple votes wore off too easily. "These elections were illegal," said candidate Ahmed Shah...

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