Afghanistan to begin massive vote audit: Official
Kabul: The Afghan election commission is set to start on Wednesday an unprecedented audit of all 8.1 million votes cast in the June 14 run-off presidential election, an official said.
The audit, which will take at least three weeks, was agreed by the two rival candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani at the weekend following two days of frantic diplomacy by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
"The auditing will officially begin on Thursday, it will be done in Kabul and in commission`s headquarters," Noor Mohammad Noor, spokesman for the Independent Election Commission (IEC), told reporters.
"National and international observers will be able to observe the process that will take around three weeks."
He said their staff would work in two shifts auditing around 1,000 ballot boxes a day, with NATO forces helping to transport the boxes from across the country to Kabul.
Shortly after the second round run-off on June 14 Abdullah claimed massive fraud had robbed him of victory and boycotted the vote count by withdrawing his team`s observers.
The bitter impasse over the vote to succeed President Hamid Karzai plunged Afghanistan into crisis and raised fears of a return to the ethnic violence of the 1990s.
But on Friday, Kerry flew in and after around 48 hours of intense negotiations with the candidates and Karzai the audit agreement was signed.
Download the all new Zee News app for Android and iOS to stay up to date with latest headlines and news stories in Politics, Entertainment, Sports, Technology, Business and much more from India and around the world.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Helicopter ferrying 6 pilgrims, woman pilot crashes near Katra
- Growing sense of despondency in India from last 6-8 months: Aamir Khan
- 8th Ramnath Goenka Awards: Sudhir Chaudhary awarded for Excellence in Journalism
- Tejashwi Yadav takes charge as Deputy CM of Bihar
- Arvind Kejriwal clarifies his friendly gesture with Lalu Prasad Yadav