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US wants Afghan polls to be credible and legitimate

Last Updated: Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 11:26

Washington: Amid reports of fraud and rigging in Afghan Presidential Elections, the Obama administration has told President Hamid Karzai that it wants the results of the elections to be seen as credible and legitimate in the eyes of the people of Afghanistan and the world.
This message from the Obama administration has been delivered to Karzai by US Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry in his meetings in Kabul, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said on Wednesday.

Eikenberry is reported to have met Karzai twice in last two days amidst increasing reporting in the US media of evidences of election fraud during the August 20 Presidential Elections.

As per the latest figures announced by the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan, with more than 91 percent of the votes being tallied, Karzai has received more than 54 percent of the total votes, while his nearest rival Abdullah Abdullah is far behind.

"The message that he delivered is very much the same message that we`re delivering publicly on the need for these elections to be seen as credible and legitimate in the eyes of the Afghan people and the eyes of the world," Kelly said when asked about Eikenberry-Karzai meeting.

Karzai, he said, is also refraining from publicly commenting on the outcome of the election, giving a chance for the process to work out.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 11:26

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