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119 candidates disqualified after Afghan parliamentary elections

By the CNN Wire Staff
An Afghan woman votes in Kabul on September 18.
An Afghan woman votes in Kabul on September 18.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 25 candidates were disqualified after locking in their seats
  • Across Afghanistan, 330 polling stations have been declared invalid
  • 2,000 candidates were vying for 249 seats in the lower house of Afghan Parliament
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Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A total of 119 candidates for the Afghan Parliament have been disqualified for different reasons since the September 18 elections for the lower house, an election commission spokesman told CNN.

Ahmad Zia Rafhat, spokesman for the Electoral Complaints Commission, said 94 candidates had been disqualified before the preliminary results were announced in October, and 25 candidates who successfully locked in their seats are now disqualified.

Rafhat said the candidates were disqualified for suspicion of involvement in fraud during the elections.

More than 330 polling stations have been declared invalid across the country, the spokesman said. More than 2,000 candidates were vying for 249 seats in the lower house of parliament.

CNN's Matiullah Mati and Samson Desta contributed to this report.