The Afghanistan election commission said it tossed out almost a quarter of the votes case in Septembers parliamentary election, a sign that fraud remains a major problem.
Afghanistan's election Saturday yielded reports of intimidation in unstable regions. In Kabul, some voters aimed to oust incumbents, while others appeared to want to cast ballots more than once.
How election officials handle reports of fraud following Saturday's parliamentary Afghanistan election will go a long way in determining Afghans' respect for government and the rule of law.
The Afghan parliament will soon begin a six-week break, then prepare for elections, leaving less-influential acting ministers to govern.
A second round of voting in the Afghanistan election, set for Nov. 7, adds security and logistical difficulties to a process already marred by fraud.
Preliminary results are days away. All the campaigns have complained of fraud.
The blast killed seven Afghan civilians and wounded 91 more. The aim appears to be to sow uncertainty about showing up to vote on Aug. 20.
Though unpopular, the president has more national reach than the shrinking pool of contenders.
Insecurity and charges of fraud could hamper election officials' ability to ensure popular acceptance of next year's presidential poll results.