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Monday
Jul212014

Afghan Election Audit Stalled by 'Misunderstanding'

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- An audit into the recently completed Afghan Presidential Election has been halted, the Afghan Independent Election Commission said Sunday.

Without providing further detail, the AIEC blamed the suspension on a "misunderstanding."

Over the weekend, officials on each side staged walkouts in response to disputes over the audit process.

Both candidates, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani have accused each other of electoral fraud following the June 14 run-off election. Abdullah won the initial round of voting, but failed to secure the 50 percent of the vote needed to void a runoff. In the second round of voting, Ghani finished on top.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said earlier this month that all votes in the election would be audited, a process that was always expected to take weeks to complete.


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