US President Barack Obama has asked the two Afghan presidential candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani to publicly endorse their previously agreed political framework and insisted there is no justification for rhetoric that threatens extra-constitutional measures.
Preliminary results from Afghanistan`s presidential election, due to be announced on Wednesday, have been delayed, an election official said, amid accusations of fraud that threaten to split the fragile country along ethnic lines.
The preliminary result of Afghanistan`s presidential election run-off has been delayed for several days for a recount of ballots in 2,000 voting centres amid a dispute over fraud, officials said on Tuesday.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has led the country for more than 12 years since the fall of the Taliban, is constitutionally barred from seeking another term in office in Saturday`s presidential election.
The Taliban is likely to return to power "fairly quickly and easily" in Afghanistan after the exit of US-led NATO forces from the war-torn country, former Indian foreign secretary Krishnan Srinivasan has said.
On the eve of the Presidential
election in Afghanistan, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
on Wednesday asked the people of the country to go out and cast their
ballot to help strengthen their democratic institutions.