Fraud Commission Excludes Ballots in Afghan Vote

The U.N.-backed commission investigating fraud in Afghanistan's election has issued its first orders to completely exclude some ballots from the final tally.

A statement issued Thursday says all ballots from five polling stations in Paktika province should be voided because they show clear evidence of fraud. This is a more severe step than ordering a recount, in which the votes could eventually be included.

The group is releasing results from each province as investigations finish.

The Electoral Complaints Commission previously ordered an audit and recount countrywide of stations where turnout was at or above 100 percent, or where one candidate won more than 95 percent of the vote.