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    Polling materials air-dropped in east

    JALALABAD (PAN): Polling materials were flown to polling stations in a number of districts in four eastern provinces, officials said on Wednesday.



    Governance

    About 270,000 observers to oversee poll process

    KABUL (PAN): About 270,000 observers will be deployed across the country to try to prevent ballot rigging or other incidents of fraud in the September 18 election, election officials said.



    Governance

    Some polling centres closed for discriminatory reasons: Samar

    KABUL (PAN): The chairman of the Independent Human Rights Commission on Wednesday accused officials of selectively closing polling stations.



    Governance

    Candidates warned against campaigning during silent period

    KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission warned parliamentary candidates that they risked a cash fine and disqualification if they continued to campaign past Wednesday night.



    Governance

    Karzai leaves for two-day trip to Pakistan

    KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, heading a high-level official delegation, left for Pakistan on Wednesday for talks on security and to offer flood relief to the neighbouring country, the president's office said.



    Governance,Security and Crime

    1 killed, 5 wounded in Kabul demonstration

    KABUL (PAN): Thousands of Afghans demonstrated on the streets of the capital, Kabul, on Wednesday, chanting death to Americans, the Afghan president and the obscure US pastor who threatened to burn copies of the Quran, officials and witnesses said.



    Governance

    2 districts in Nuristan without polling material

    JALALABAD (PAN): Two districts of Nuristan province still have not received any polling material, with just days to go until the September 18 election, the governor said on Tuesday.



    Governance

    Second candidate quits race in Kandahar

    KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): A female parliamentary candidate from southern Kandahar province on Tuesday said she was pulling out of the race after her name was not included in an election oversight team.



    Governance

    Qanuni denies deal with Karzai

    KABUL (PAN): Muhammad Yunus Qanuni, the speaker of the lower house of parliament and a candidate in next week's election, has rejected reports he made a deal with the president that would see him reinstated as speaker in return for passing laws sent by Hamid Karzai.



    Governance

    NDS says there are no fake ballots in Afghanistan

    KABUL (PAN): Afghan's intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security, on Tuesday denied the existence of any fake balloting papers in Afghanistan, hoping to calm concerns about widespread rigging in the September 18 parliamentary election.