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Dobbins briefs Karzai on ballot recount

The special US representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan on Sunday met President Hamid Karzai and discussed issues pertaining to recount and audit of presidential vote, a statement from the presidential said. James F. Dobbins and briefed the president in line with progress in the recount of ballots and subsequent meetings between presidential candidates Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. ...

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Vote Auditing Of Presidential Runoff Suspended

Vote auditing of presidential runoff was suspended on Sunday, local media reported. "The process of auditing the votes cast in presidential runoff was suspended on Sunday due to differences between the observers of Abdullah Abdullah's team with Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai over auditing votes in some ballot boxes," Presidential runoff was held on June 14 between Abdullah and Ghani Ahmadzai. However, Abdullah has a ...

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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 - h ...

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US Hopes For Govt of National Unity In Kabul

Heartened by several meetings between presidential candidates Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmedzai since the agreement on an audit of ballots, the US hoped the election results would lead to the creation of a national unity government. “I’m heartened by the fact that Dr. Abdullah and Dr. Ghani have met now – subsequently several times since the announcement with Secretary Kerry. Part of it is to ...

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Next President To Name IEC Secretary

A new Independent Election Commission (IEC) secretary would be appointed by the next president, while a government, an official said on Saturday. IEC spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor told reporters in Kabul Syed Ehsan Tahiri and Farid Afghanzai were tipped for the slot. Currently the job is being handled by the assistants of the former secretary Ziaul Haq Amarkhel. Amarkhel was accused of trying to commit fraud ...

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Vote Audit To Be Completed In Time: IEC

As the vote audit continues in Kabul, the Independent Election Commission IEC on Saturday affirmed its commitment to completing the process within four weeks. IEC spokesman Noor Muhammad Noor told reporters that 40 teams of the investigators were auditing the votes in the morning shift and as many in the afternoon. Noori did not say how many ballot boxes were audited. But Ahmad Yousaf Nuristani, the commiss ...

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Kerry Mediation for Resolving the Election Crisis

By: Abdul Maruf Ghiasee The flurry of diplomatic efforts for resolving the election crisis in Afghanistan culminated as US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Kabul and the UN envoy to Afghanistan submitted his plan for auditing votes from thousands of polling stations. During his stay in Kabul, Mr. Kerry met President Hamid Karzai and the two presidential candidates. During the meeting, the reports say, ...

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Afghanistan to begin massive vote audit on Thursday

The Afghan election commission is set to start on Thursday an unprecedented audit of all 8.1 million votes cast in the June 14 run-off presidential election, an official said. The audit, which will take at least three weeks, was agreed by the two rival candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani at the weekend following two days of frantic diplomacy by US Secretary of State John Kerry. "The auditing will ...

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Karzai Agrees To Postpone New President’s Inauguration

President Hamid Karzai accepted on Saturday night a joint demand of the two presidential candidates for postponing the inauguration of the new head of state. Following a US-brokered deal on auditing all the votes cast in the June 14 runoff election, the runners proposed that the inaugural ceremony be delayed until the investigation was completed. Speaking at a joint news conference with US Secretary of Stat ...

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Kerry’s 48-Hour Dash To Save Afghanistan’s Election

  He was only on the ground for 48 hours, but America's top diplomat John Kerry may well have helped prevent Afghanistan from sliding into another bloody ethnic war. The helicopters were waiting for the US Secretary of State when he arrived in Kabul from Beijing early Friday on a last-minute mission to broke an end to a tense political impasse. Some 48 hours later they flew him back over the darkened city s ...

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The Outcome of Intense Negotiations

As the US Secretary of State John Kerry is struggling to broker an agreement between Afghan elections stakeholders for resolving the election crisis, there are leaks suggesting vote recounts and some sort of coalition government. According to unconfirmed reports, the talks are centered at audit of votes of more than 11,000 stations. It seems there has been much progress in the talks as Mr. Kerry has been in ...

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presidential candidates agree 100% vote audit

Afghanistan’s two presidential election candidates have agreed to an audit in an attempt to resolve a dispute over the result of last month’s vote, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said. Both contenders, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, have agreed to abide by the result. The review of all 8m ballots would begin within 24 hours, Kerry said. Preliminary results suggest Ghani has won, but both candidat ...

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Kerry Attends Second Day of Talks Over Disputed Presidential Elections

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting with rival Afghan presidential candidates for a second day as the United States struggles to find a path out of the nation's election crisis. Kerry met Saturday with the candidates, former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, after discussions Friday proved inconclusive. He is grappling for a plan acceptable to a ...

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ECC Moves Ahead Without Abdullah’s Observers Present

The Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) will move ahead with its complaints investigations following the announcement of preliminary results earlier this week, and it will do so without presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah's observers being present. Although the ECC, like the IEC, has defended the credibility of the process that has been overseen since the June 14 runoff election, some former election ...

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Observers Emphasize Fraud Investigations

Afghanistan's biggest observer groups on Tuesday called for full investigation of electoral fraud cases by the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC), and urged the presidential candidates to remain patient until the final results are ready. The comments from the observers came a day after the Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced preliminary results of the June 14 runoff election, which gave Ashra ...

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MPs, Analysts Distressed Over Election Impasse

With no clear end in site, the impasse in this year's election process, with Abdullah Abdullah still boycotting the results released by election officials, has caused anxiety and frustration among Afghans from all walks of life. This week, a number of MPs and election experts expressed their concern for the current standoff, which has reportedly caused shockwaves in the Afghan economy. "The election has als ...

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Obama Calls For Calm In Disputed Afghan Vote

US President Barack Obama has spoken with Afghan presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah and rival Ashraf Ghani to urge calm and to call for a review of fraud charges in that country's election, the White House said. The White House said Obama told both candidates that the US expects fraud allegations to be thoroughly reviewed, urging the two men to seek a resolution that does not undermine Afghanistan's f ...

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President Obama Warns Afghan Candidates

President Obama has intervened in Afghanistan’s disputed presidential election urging the two candidates to shun violent or extra-constitutional means or face a cut-off of U.S. assistance. U.S. officials, while acknowledging serious fraud allegations, are calling for quick implementation of auditing measures to pave the way for a new, legitimate government and a post-NATO bilateral security agreement. Obama ...

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What’s happening with Afghanistan’s election crisis?

You will have heard about the ongoing crisis in Iraq, where jihadists have set up an Islamic state in the cities US forces once fought to clear. But you may have heard less about the political crisis in Afghanistan, America's other experiment in post-September 11th nation building. What's going on? Last month, voters in Afghanistan went to the polls for what was supposed to be a smooth conclusion to the thi ...

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Time for Peaceful Resistance against Fraud

Afghanistan is anticipating political instability. Failing to recognize the criticality of the situation, the Independent Election Commission announced the preliminary results of the elections amidst public rage of a large population of the country over the massive frauds that have marred the polls. So far the electoral bodies have failed to properly recognize and investigate claims of industrial-scale frau ...

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