Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah attends an interview in Kabul May 19, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
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Afghanistan's election commission said on Wednesday it had fired more than 3,000 staff accused of fraud in the first round of the country's presidential election, as it sought to quell fears that it might fail to deliver a legitimate outcome.The run-off will be held on June 14 and the results will be announced on July 22 .More than 900 complaints classed in the most serious category were recorded in the April 5 vote, more than in the previous election, when more than a million votes were thrown out.Abdullah Abdullah, who led first round results by a margin of nearly 14 percentage points, told Reuters this week that the true scale of fraud had not been revealed in order to salvage the process and give the electoral bodies a chance to reform.
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