Afghan election officials have dismissed 50 employees for suspected fraud in last month's legislative poll.
The head of a joint U.N.-Afghan election commission, Richard Atwood, said more than 650 ballot boxes (or about three percent of votes) have been set aside because of suspicions they were stuffed. But he rejected calls for a recount, saying the problems were not widespread.
He added that the vote tally has been slowed by ongoing investigations into allegations of fraud.
Concerns over fraud sparked protests in Kandahar on Sunday.
Meanwhile, officials said they had finalized the count in two more provinces, Nimroz and Farah from the September 18th vote. Official results are expected in coming weeks.
Human rights advocates have warned that winning candidates include people with links to armed groups and at least two former Taleban members.