Haji Gul Nazim stormed in to the polling center at Bibi Sara Girls School in Kabul. He said he was running for parliament. He said he had voted earlier in the day at another polling station. And he said he had just washed off the indelible ink that was supposed to prevent him from voting again.
Nazim's accusation, one among scores of so-called irregularities uncovered by election observers across the country, further damages Afghanistan's beleaguered voting system -- already worn down by violence and low turnout.
"It is quite a miracle that elections took place," UN Special Representative to Afghanistan Staffan de Mistura told NPR's Renee Montagne.
"Around four million people -- in spite of the threats -- decided to vote, which meant also they believe in the outcome."
Renee asked de Mistura whether this election was an indicator for how Afghanistan's government might survive once western troops begin to pull out of the country.
"It is an important step, but not the crucial one," he said. "The real test comes now. How will the complaints be looked at? We will see."
More of the interview today on Morning Edition.