Four people were arrested for their alleged involvement in fraud during Afghanistan’s latest parliamentary elections, the office of the attorney general said, according the news reports. Two are believed to have accepted money from candidates while the other two are suspected of being money exchange brokers,CNN says. The Associated Press notes that a number of Western officials fear that the arrests are part of efforts by certain Afghan political groups to overturn the results of some the races. The Sept. 18 election was marred by voter intimidation and numerous irregularities, the news agency notes, explaining that up to 1.3 million ballots were discarded for fraud.

    Meanwhile, the Afghan government has rejected the U.S.’s offer to fund the audit of local banks, the Wall Street Journal says. Afghan officials explained that they prefer to choose their own auditor and retain control of the process, the newspaper says.

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      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.