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    Khost elders reject fraud-marred polls

    KHOSTCITY(PAN): A number of tribal elders in southeastern Khost province, alleging massive rigging, on Thursday rejected Saturday's parliamentary elections.


    Lisbon summit important for Afghanistan: Sedwill

    KABUL (PAN): A NATO summit in Portugal in November will take important decisions on Afghanistan's future, says the alliance senior civilian representative to the conflict-devastated country.


    Ban, Rassoul confer on post-poll plans

    KABUL (PAN): The UN secretary-general conferred with the visiting Afghan foreign minister on the implementation of the Karzai administration's post-election priorities, his spokesperson said on


    ECC receives 5,500 complaints

    KABUL (PAN): The Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) has received 5,500 complaints of irregularities in Saturday's parliamentary vote, the watchdog said on Wednesday.

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    Poll credibility dented by fraud: Abdullah

    KABUL (PAN): Dr Abdullah Abdullah, leader of an opposition party, said on Wednesday the September 18 parliamentary election's credibility had been undermined by "widespread fraud".


    Ballot boxes reach Farah capital

    HERAT CITY (PAN): Ballot boxes from 153 polling stations in different districts of southwestern Farah province have been shifted without security problems, an official said on Wednesday.


    Voice of moderate Islam to help fight extremism in Afghanistan: Fidai

    WASHINGTON (PAN): Afghan religious scholars will be sent to Jordan under an innovative programme to introduce them to a more inclusive form of Islam, the governor of Maidan Wardak said.


    Mistura voices UN support for Afghan election

    KABUL (PAN): United Nations special representative for Afghanistan, Staffan de Mistura, on Thursday voiced the word body's support for Saturday's parliamentary election.


    Jalaluddin Haqqani is in Miranshah: US envoy

    KHOST CITY (PAN): US ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry on Thursday said Jalaluddin Haqqani, a Pakistan-based Afghan militant group commander, was in Miranshah, a border town in Pakistan's lawless Waziristan tribal region near the Afghanistan border.


    Security remains the biggest challenge: IEC chief

    KABUL (PAN): The process for parliamentary elections set for Saturday is on track but security remains the biggest challenge, said Independent Election (IEC) chief Fazal Ahmad Manawi on Thursday.