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Electoral Dispute: Stalemate or Breakthrough?

After the deadline set by Abdullah’s team for withdrawing from the vote audit process and political talks over formation of new government past, there were mixed reports over what kind of progress was made in talks for overcoming the recent differences between the two camps. A spokesman for Dr. Abdullah’s camp said Ashraf Ghani’s team has proposed a new initiative that recommends more powers for the chief e ...

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Hope Reappears as Campaigns near Final Agreement

After days of unproductive negotiations, the two presidential candidates appeared together following a meeting with President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday, and both expressed renewed hope that their power-sharing arrangement would soon be finalized. Presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai's camp on Wednesday reported that a four-person committee including representatives of both candidates would be conven ...

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100% audit process to be completed tomorrow

KABUL-The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Wednesday that the presidential election audit process would be completed tomorrow. Noor Muhammad Noor, the spokesperson for the IEC, told journalists that at least 94% of the ballot boxes had been recounted and audited. He said that 21,343 ballot boxes had gone through the recount and audit process while only 1,485 were left. 240 working teams were bu ...

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Karzai appeals for end to Ghani-Abdullah dispute

KABUL: President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday urged both the presidential candidates to end their dispute over election results and save the country from further violence and economic decline. Addressing a gathering marking the Independence Day, Karzai said he hoped the Afghans stay united so that the country was led toward peace and stability. Stressing early results from the June presidential runoff election, ...

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90 Percent of ballots audited.

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced Tuesday that around 90 percent of votes from the runoff election have been audited. IEC spokesman, Noor Mohammad Noor, told reporters that the audit teams have audited 20,501 ballot boxes out of 22,828 boxes so far. "From 2,000 polling sites 1,100 polling sites were audited," IEC Chairman Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani said. "900 of them were special audit boxes, ...

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Ata Mohammad Noor calls for widespread anti-fraud movements

Ata Mohammad Mohammad Noor has called on his supporters to prepare for widespread anti-fraud movements as the Afghan election was once again taken towards an impasse after Dr. Abdullah’s camp warned to withdraw from talks and boycott the audit process. Noor is an influential political leader and the current governor of northern Balkh province of Afghanistan, who is a close ally of Dr. Abdullah in presidenti ...

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Abdullah’s team sets deadline for conditions, warns to boycott audit process

The electoral team of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has once again warned to boycott the ballots audit and invalidation process, if their demands are not met by the election commission. Syed Fazel Sancharaki, spokesman for Dr. Abdullah, told reporters on Monday that they will entirely boycott the audit and invalidation process if their demands and conditions were not met by tomorrow. Sancharaki further added that t ...

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IEC: 83.4% of the Afghan presidential election ballots audited

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced Saturday that 83.4 percent of votes from the runoff election have been audited since the beginning of the audit and recount process. IEC spokesman, Noor Mohammad Noor, told reporters that the audit teams have managed to audit 19,047 ballot boxes out of 22,821 boxes so far. Noor further added that the commission is expecting to take decision regarding ballo ...

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Hezb-e-Islami faction wants Dr. Abdullah to accept election results

The Hezb-e-Islami Councils Alliance (HICA) on Saturday called on presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah to accept the presidential election results. Hezb-e-Islami Councils Alliance (HICA) supporters gathered in capital Kabul on Saturday and insisted that the runoff vote results should be released without any further delay. HICA supporters called on Dr. Abdullah to accept election results and warned th ...

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Election Results Will Be Announced Soon: IEC

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) is said to announce the election results in a matter of days as the United Nations (UN) has promised to increase the number of observers for both processes, Noor Mohammad Noor spokesman for the IEC said on Saturday at a press conference in Kabul. UN officials said that results will be broadcasted in the next 11 days, but IEC officials mentioned otherwise stating tha ...

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Avoiding Collapse of the Electoral Deal

Afghan election stakeholders are far from being able to resolve all differences over the next government as the two sides take extreme positions regarding the contentious issues of the elections. Atta Mohammad Noor’s threat is coming as another test for all Afghan political spectrums that have stakes in the ongoing elections. If any of the parties takes non-constructive approach towards the vote audit proce ...

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Presidential Election in Crisis as Candidate Pulls Out of Vote Audit

KABUL: Afghanistan’s fraud-hit election teetered on the brink of collapse Wednesday as one of the two candidates boycotted the UN-supervised vote audit set up to end a prolonged dispute over the rightful winner. Abdullah Abdullah, who claims that massive fraud was committed against him in the June 14 vote, pulled out of the audit after his senior campaign officials dismissed the process for invalidating fak ...

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Presidential Contender Threatens Ballot Audit Boycott

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah threatened Tuesday to withdraw from the disputed election, a move that could wreck UN efforts to rescue the country's first democratic transfer of power. The June 14 vote has triggered a standoff between Abdullah and his poll rival Ashraf Ghani, with both candidates claiming victory amid allegations of massive fraud. To end the impasse, a deal was brokered for ...

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Vote Audit To Be Over In 3 Weeks: IEC

More than 2,700 ballot boxes have been audited and the process will be completed in 20 days, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Tuesday. At a news conference in Kabul, IEC spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor said the vote audit was going well in the presence of candidate representatives, national and international observers. He said 645 ballot boxes were reviewed on Monday and more than 2,000 earlie ...

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IEC Vows To Bypass Abdullah In Vote Recount

Independent Election Commission (IEC) chief Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani on Saturday vowed they would go ahead with the recounting of votes cast in the June election tomorrow (Sunday) whether or not presidential candidate Abdullah joins the start-stop process. Talking to journalists at the IEC headquarters, Nuristani said the commission employees, national and international observers had been hoping the vote audit ...

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Attempts to resume vote process audit stall over disagreement

Attempts to resume the audit of 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 c ...

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Kerry urges Afghan presidential candidates to put power-sharing agreement to work

Secretary of State John F. Kerry appealed to both candidates in Afghanistan’s disputed presidential election to translate the broad power-sharing agreement they reached with him early this month into a working relationship they can carry into a new government, “whoever wins.” “The time for politics is over,” Kerry wrote in an op-ed published online Wednesday by Afghanistan’s TOLOnews in English as well as i ...

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The Differences over Vote Audit

As all election stakeholders are involved in the vote audit, the process is again facing challenges as the two election camps are again in loggerheads over the vote count. Based on the agreement reached between the parties with mediation from US Secretary of State John Kerry, the vote count will proceed with direction observation from the election camps as well as foreign observers and the United Nations. A ...

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IEC to Halt Audit Process if Candidates Do Not Reach Agreement

Officials of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) have said that the audit process will face challenges if the presidential candidates do not agree on the standard auditing procedures, which entails a checklist on what needs to be inspected. The Deputy head of the IEC, Abdul Rahman Hotaki, urged the presidential candidates to finalize the technicalities of the audit as soon as possible otherwise the au ...

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The Tricky Process of Vote Audit

The process of vote audit resumed a day after differences emerged between the two election camps. According to the IEC spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor, the differences emerged between the two sides whether votes with voter signatures and finger impressions should be considered as valid or not. With the suspension of the process Sunday, the two teams and the United Nations started negotiations for reaching an a ...

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