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Afghanistan restarts vote auditing

DPA Kabul | Updated on August 03, 2014

Afghanistan on Sunday restarted auditing the 8.1 million votes from the presidential run-off election, after a series of walk-outs and suspensions, officials said.

“We started the auditing of the ballots today with the presence of national and international observers,” said Noor Mohammad Noor, the spokesman for the Independent Election Commission,

“There are members of Dr Ashraf Ghani’s technical team, but Dr Abdullah Abdullah’s team is not present,” Noor said.

The Commission is auditing all the votes cast in the June 14 run-off between the two candidates. Last month, Abdullah rejected preliminary results that named Ghani as the winner. He claimed “industrial-scale fraud.” After an intervention by US Secretary of State, John Kerry, the two candidates agreed to the audit.

The election has been mired in allegations of fraud and misconduct. Last week, the audit was stopped due disagreement between the two campaigns on what would actually constitute a fraudulent vote. The recount process is being supervised by the United Nations and European Union observers.

Noor also said the United Nations and NATO have taken 19,900 out of 23,000 ballot boxes to Kabul from different provinces

Published on August 03, 2014

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