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U.N.-backed commission orders Afghan vote recounts

The U.N.-backed commission charged with investigating Afghanistan

Kandahar is southern Afghanistan's largest city and a former Taliban stronghold.

KABUL (AP) - The U.N.-backed commission charged with investigating Afghanistan's election says it has found "clear and convincing evidence of fraud" and has ordered a recount of questionable polling stations.

The commission did not say Tuesday how many would need to be recounted, but noted it had identified questionable results in Ghazni, Paktika and Kandahar provinces and that investigations were continuing. Stations showing 100 percent turnout or with a presidential candidate receiving more than 95 percent of the vote will need to be recounted, it said.

Widespread allegations of ballot-box stuffing and suspicious tallies are threatening the legitimacy of the Aug. 20 vote.

The commission comprises three international members appointed by the U.N. and two Afghans.

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