In Afghanistan, election officials have thrown out votes from 447 polling stations because of fraud allegations. How many votes were actually voided by the Afghan Independent Election Commission is unclear.
But disqualifying results from less than 500 polling stations across the country is unlikely to appease angry candidates and voters who allege mass voting fraud. Especially when comparing the number of disqualified stations to the nearly 19,000 polling stations whose votes the commissioners have declared valid.
The latest results, representing ballots from 74 percent of the polling stations, have Karzai inching ahead with 48.6 percent of the vote. His top rival, former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, has 30.7 percent of the votes.
Karzai doesn't have enough votes to be declared the winner outright, so the race appears to be headed for a run-off next month. But a run-off cannot be scheduled until all ongoing fraud investigations are completed.