Iraq`s election officials said
on Thursday that a recount of the Baghdad ballots could take up to
three weeks, possibly even longer than it took to count the
whole country`s ballots after the March 7 election.
A UN-backed watchdog that has ordered a partial recount of Afghanistan`s presidential election votes because of fraud allegations said on Monday it will allow small samples of ballots to be inspected to speed up the process.
President Hamid Karzai has extended his lead in Afghanistan`s fraud-tainted elections, for the first time passing the key 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a run-off with nearly all the votes counted.