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Jul 2, 2014

Afghan election results delayed amid fraud accusations

KABUL (Reuters) – Preliminary results from Afghanistan’s presidential election, due to be announced on Wednesday, have been delayed, the head of the election commission said, amid accusations of fraud that threaten to split the fragile country along ethnic lines.

Votes from around 2,000 polling stations in the June 14 run-off are to be reviewed and recounted, Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani, chairman of the Independent Election Commission (IEC), told a news conference.

Jun 27, 2014

Afghan election impasse revives suspicions about Karzai’s role

KABUL (Reuters) – As thousands of Afghans poured into the streets of Kabul on Friday to protest over the impasse in their country’s presidential election, there was little doubt who they held responsible for the mess – outgoing President Hamid Karzai.

“Death to Karzai!” some shouted through loudspeakers as protesters marched on the presidential palace, accusing him of creating the crisis over his successor.

Jun 23, 2014

Afghan election officer quits, opens way for Abdullah to return to race

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, who pulled out of the race alleging vote-rigging, indicated he might return after a senior election official resigned on Monday.

Abdullah, one of two candidates through to a second-round vote on June 14, had accused Independent Election Commission (IEC) Secretariat head Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhil of fraud during the ballot count.

Jun 22, 2014

Accusations of election fraud gather pace in Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) – The party of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah broadcast audio on Sunday that it said showed mass fraud had been committed in an election that aims to transfer power democratically in the country for the first time.

The audio purports to show that Independent Election Commission (IEC) Secretariat head Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhil made phone calls to officials in several provinces ordering them to stuff ballot boxes using code words.

Jun 19, 2014

Afghan candidate Abdullah blames Karzai for election standoff

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah accused Hamid Karzai on Thursday of orchestrating a stalemate after last weekend’s runoff election and said the incumbent would be responsible for any ensuing political crisis.

The vote is a decisive test of Afghanistan’s ambitions to transfer power democratically for the first time in its history.

Jun 18, 2014

Afghanistan’s Abdullah calls on election officials to halt count

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday demanded election organisers stop counting ballots because of what he said was widespread fraud, potentially derailing what is seen as a make-or-break vote before most foreign troops leave.

Millions of Afghans turned out on Saturday for a second-round run-off to elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai, a decisive test of the country’s ambitions to transfer power democratically for the first time in its tumultuous history.

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Jun 15, 2014

Afghan presidential candidates both say they’re leading

KABUL (Reuters) – Rival camps in Afghanistan’s presidential race each proclaimed to be leading the contest on Sunday, a day after the run-off was held and as officials were still tallying the hundreds killed or injured in election-related violence.

Observers and other officials in Kabul are worried that both candidates are setting the stage to complain about fraud and refuse to accept defeat should the outcome of the vote be close.

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      "Began my media career with Japanese TV (NHK) ten years ago in Islamabad where I had moved following the civil war in Afghanistan. I returned to Kabul in early 2002 and later joined Reuters as a correspondent. I cover the insurgency, the politics, and Afghan society from across the country."
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