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Afghan election result delayed as fraud dispute deepens

Published on Jul 1, 2014 7:17 PM
Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah (C) gestures during a gathering with tribal elders in Kabul June 28, 2014. Abdullah has vowed to reject the country's general election result, saying he was the victim of massive ballot-box stuffing in the June 14, 2014 poll, while his rival Ashraf Ghani has claimed victory by more than one million votes. --PHOTO: AFP 

KABUL (AFP) - Afghanistan's presidential election result has been delayed for several days, officials said Tuesday, as a dispute over alleged fraud threatens to derail the country's first democratic transfer of power.

The preliminary result of the June 14 run-off vote had been due on Wednesday but was postponed at short notice to allow ballots in 2,000 voting centres to be checked - throwing the handover process into turmoil.

Abdullah Abdullah, previously seen as the poll front-runner, has said he would reject the result due to "blatant fraud", while his poll rival Ashraf Ghani said the election was clean and claimed victory by more than one million votes.

The United Nations and donor countries have been trying for months to prevent a contested election outcome, fearing political deadlock and ethnic violence as US-led troops withdraw from the country.

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