UN to Sack Half of Afghan Election Officials

Ban Ki-Moon plans measures to ensure widespread fraud isn't repeated
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2009 8:00 AM CDT
A voter tries hard to locate the candidate of her choice at a polling booth in Herat, Afghanistan, in August.   (AP Photo/Fraidoon Pooyaa)
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(Newser) – The United Nations learned "quite a painful lesson" from the widespread fraud in Afghanistan's August election, and aims to rout out corrupt voting supervisors next time around, Ban Ki-Moon said yesterday. The UN secretary-general said more than half of the election officials should be removed before next month's runoff election "to ensure a fair and transparent process," the BBC reports. UN officials aim to visit every polling station during the November 7 vote.