Tally's round numbers hint at fraud in Afghan vote
Every single voter in the village of Torzai in Afghanistan's Kandahar province backed incumbent Hamid Karzai for president, official results showed, and at four of its eight polling stations, he received exactly 500 votes, Reuters reported.
The election commission has so far published only partial results of the August 20 vote, and says it has excluded ballots where it suspects fraud. Yet results on its Web site already include a remarkable number of figures that end in zeros.
Karzai's main opponent Abdullah Abdullah says that is ironclad proof of fraud on a massive scale.
Abdullah's aides passed out lists on Saturday of more than 100 polling centers where they said a check of the official results online would show numbers that appear bogus.
"This is the blatant violation of the procedure and I think it is stealing in daylight," said Abdullah, who has shown signs of becoming increasingly exasperated since the August 20 vote.
At one polling station in a school in the Zerok district of Paktika province, exactly 400 votes were cast, all for Karzai.
At a mosque in Kandahar's Sayed Bosa village, Karzai received all 4,085 votes cast. Of the mosque's eight polling stations, two reported Karzai with exactly 500 votes, two with 510, three with 520 and one with 515.
These and other round numbers pop out of tables published on the election commission's website