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Vote-Counting Centers Get Afghan Ballots

Trucks, helicopters and donkeys carried ballots to counting centers across Afghanistan on Monday, although early indications suggested turnout in landmark legislative elections was lower than for last year’s presidential vote. Afghan and international officials hailed Sunday’s elections as a major success in the country’s march toward democracy, but chief electoral officer Peter Erben said reports from about one-third of the polling stations indicated a turnout of just over 50 percent. Electoral officials and independent monitors have suggested that turnout was kept down by security fears and frustrations over the inclusion of warlords on the ballot. Turnout was 70 percent in the October 2004 presidential election.Full Story

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