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Afghanistan presidential polls: Votes to be audited, says Kerry

Last Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 00:35

Zee Media Bureau

Kabul: In what could be seen as an end to the dispute between the two presidential candidates of the Afghanistan election over the results of the polls last month, former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah have agreed to an audit of the vote, as per news reports on Saturday.

The votes in the capital would be audited first, followed by those cast in other provinces, the BBC reported.
US Secretary of State John Kerry further announced that the candidates would abide by the results, the report stated.

The announcement was made by Kerry, who rushed to the country to resolve the situation which threatened to spiral out of control.

After the declaration of results last month, Abdullah`s supporters had threatened to establish a “parallel government.”
Around eight million votes were cast in the last month`s election in which both the candidates accused the other of electoral fraud.

While the first round of voting suggested that Abdullah was leading, the results declared Ghani as the winner with 56.44 percent of the votes.

First Published: Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 00:28
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