Friday, August 14, 2009 | SpecialSections | Fishy voter list sparks doubts | SpecialSections | Fishy voter list sparks doubts:

Seemingly inflated registration, busy black market for polling cards threatens to put results in doubt

Voting observers expect fraud during next week's Afghan presidential election and warn that cheating will likely take place in remote or dangerous areas where independent monitors can't go.

A suspiciously high number of women – far more than men – are registered to vote in culturally conservative provinces where President Hamid Karzai expects to do well, a leading election monitor said this week. And an adviser to the top U.S. military commander said she bought voter registration cards on the black market and could have bought hundreds more.

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