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Afghans begin counting presidential votes
Updated: 2004-10-14 15:07

Vote counting in Afghanistan's presidential election got underway Thursday, five days after a landmark vote meant to cement a new era of stability after more than two decades of strife.

Tallying was delayed slightly in the capital, but it began in many of the other seven counting centers across the country on Thursday morning, said Farooq Wardak, a senior election official.

"In the rest of the regions, counting has already started," he said.

Officials had delayed the count while a panel of foreign experts sifted through several dozen complaints of alleged irregularities from the 16 candidates, including front-running incumbent Hamid Karzai.

None of their complaints appear serious enough to invalidate final results expected at the end of October.

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