Election officials overseeing Afghanistan’s first democratic transfer of power sifted through scores of fraud complaints on Sunday as they began a lengthy vote count, after insurgents killed at least 50 people on polling day.

The final result in the run-off presidential election is not due for several weeks, and international concerns have focused on the risk of a disputed outcome as the two candidates started to trade fraud allegations.

Eleven voters in the western province of Herat had their fingers — which were dipped in ink to register their ballot — cut off by insurgents. The U.N. described the mutilations as “abhorrent”. — AFP