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Afghans Count Ballots After Deadly, Chaotic Election; Voting Extended

Afghan officials are counting ballots in the country’s long-delayed parliamentary elections that were marred by deadly attacks and chaotic scenes at polling stations hit by technical and organizational problems. Because of disruptions during the October 20 polling process, voting was extended one day in some constituencies after citizens were unable to cast ballots in the election that was three years overdue. Preliminary results were expected to be released on November 10 at the earliest. Final results will likely be out sometime in December, an election commission spokesman said. Originally scheduled for 2015, the parliamentary vote was delayed for three years amid disputes over electoral reforms and because of the instability following NATO’s handover of security responsibilities to Afghan forces at the end of 2014....................

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