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Attempts to resume Afghan vote audit stall over disagreement

Published on Aug 2, 2014 5:25 PM
 
US Secretary of State John Kerry (centre) reacts as Afghan presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani (right) and Abdullah Abdullah look on during a joint press conference in Kabul on July 12, 2014. Attempts to resume the audit of Afghanistan's presidential election stalled Saturday, Aug 2, 2014, as candidate Abdullah Abdullah disagreed over the criteria to address alleged fraud in the June run-off election. -- PHOTO: AFP

KABUL (AFP) - Attempts to resume the audit of Afghanistan's presidential election stalled Saturday as candidate Abdullah Abdullah disagreed over the criteria to address alleged fraud in the June run-off election.

Abdullah and rival Ashraf Ghani agreed to the inspection of all 8.1 million ballots cast in the June 14 poll in a deal brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry, but the recount has since faced several suspensions as the candidates sparred over how to disqualify ballots.

The audit had been expected to resume on Saturday after the UN and the country's Independent Election Commission (IEC) said both candidates had agreed to a UN-backed proposal that included criteria for invalidating fraudulent ballots.

Abdullah's observers however did not show up at the election commission in Kabul, with his spokesman saying they were still negotiating with the UN.

 
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