OSCE says will monitor second round of Afghan election
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 22, 2009, 13:21
Vienna: The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has said its experts will remain in Afghanistan to monitor the second round of the country's presidential election on November 7.

The OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) kept a small presence in Afghanistan to follow developments after the release of preliminary results for the first round and is now increasing the number of experts to seven in the run-up to the second round, it said in a statement.

"In the coming weeks, the experts will follow the final preparations for the second round, election day proceedings, the count and tabulation of results and the complaints process," it said.

"The ODIHR experts will continue to offer advice to election stakeholders in Afghanistan, including election administration bodies and domestic observer groups, in close co-ordination with other international actors," it added.

The experts will not make a public statement immediately after election day, said the OSCE, but will later submit a report of their findings and recommendations to the Afghan government and OSCE member states.

Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) said Tuesday that President Hamid Karzai won 49.67 per cent of the first round August vote, less than the 50 per cent needed to win outright, forcing the contest to a second round.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 22, 2009, 13:21

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