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Audit of disputed run-off halted

Audit of disputed run-off halted
Afghanistan’s election commission has suspended an audit of votes from June’s hotly-disputed presidential run-off.

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said this was due to a “misunderstanding”,without elaborating.

Both candidates Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah accuse each other of electoral fraud.

The audit process of more than eight million votes – brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry – has been marred by walkouts by both sides.

Mr Ghani won the 14 June run-off, according to preliminary results. Mr Abdullah came top in the first round in April, but failed to secure 50% of the vote to avoid the run-off.

Analysts warn that any further delays could further destabilise the conflict-torn country.

Unity threat
The IEC announced its decision just four days after the process began. It did not provide further details.

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