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Afghan vote audit suspended over disagreement

Afghanistan’s election commission on Saturday re-suspended the auditing process of 8.1 million votes cast in the presidential run-off poll, after the two candidates failed to agree on the procedure for invalidating votes.

‘The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has decided to suspend temporarily the vote audit until the fourth day of Eid, and we hope it is enough time for the candidates to sort out their differences,’ the IEC chairman Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani told a press conference on Saturday.

The audit of all 8.1 million ballots cast in the 14 June run-off was agreed by rival candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, following a deal brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry.


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