24 Nov 2010

Afghan election officials suspended

9:29 pm on 24 November 2010

The Afghan government has stood down two of the country's most senior electoral officials shortly before the announcement of the final result of a parliamentary election.

Independent Election Commission official Nur Mohammad Nur and Ahmad Zia Rafat from the Electoral Complaints Commission have been suspended.

The ABC reports it is unclear why the government took this action.

The result of the parliamentary election on 18 September is scheduled to be announced on Wednesday.

The poll has already been undermined by corruption. More than 1.3 million votes were declared invalid and 19 candidates were disqualified on Sunday for vote-rigging.