April 8 - Afghan election commission official says they have registered more than 3,000 complaints following Saturday's election. Nathan Frandino reports.
As officials unload box after box of ballots in Afghanistan, reports of fraud have skyrocketed. At a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan's Independent Election Complaints Commission broke the news. (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) SPOKESMAN FOR AFGHANISTAN'S INDEPENDENT ELECTION COMPLAINTS COMMISSION, NADIR MOHSENI, SAYING: "In total, we have formally registered 3,103 complaints about the election with documents and by telephone. These complaints are registered in all our offices around the country." The number of complaints from last weekend's presidential election exceeds the roughly 2,000 reports of violations from 2009. That year more than a million votes were scrapped. (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) SPOKESMAN FOR AFGHANISTAN'S INDEPENDENT ELECTION COMPLAINTS COMMISSION, NADIR MOHSENI, SAYING: "Based on these complaints we have registered, we cannot ignore the fact that during the elections there were instances of fraud and electoral violation. We promise to the people of Afghanistan that we will defend for you a clean and pure vote that you have cast and we will safeguard it." Midnight on Monday was the deadline for reporting fraud and any irregularities, but the final figure is expected to rise as complaints and ballot boxes arrive in Kabul from across the country.