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Afghan presidential election result delayed

English.news.cn   2014-07-02 16:55:11

KABUL, July 2 (Xinhua) -- Contrary to the previous plan of the Afghan Election Commission set for declaring the result of the country's presidential elections, the announcement of the polls once again has been postponed, local newspapers reported on Wednesday.

Initially, the Election Commission set July 2 to announce the preliminary result of the alleged fraud-marred presidential polls, but the decision has been withheld.

This is the second time that the Election Commission delayed the results of the presidential elections as front-runner candidate Abdullah Abdullah has doubted the commission's impartiality, warning not to accept the body's decisions unless clean votes from the fake one are filtered.

The Election Commission was supposed to announce the partial result of the polls last week, but it was delayed in the wake of objection by Abdullah's team.

"In the wake of widespread fraud in the election process committed by the then chief secretariat of the Election Commission, Ziaul Haq Omarkhil, and strong objection of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, the Election Commission once again delayed announcing preliminary results of the elections for several days," the newspaper Daily Mandegar writes in its front page.

Another newspaper, Hasht-e-Subh, reported that the Election Commission on Tuesday announced it would examine all the complaints submitted by presidential candidate Abdullah and would respond to all of his questions, if not against the law.

However, Daily Outlook, an English newspaper, reported that Omarkhil boarded a flight for the United Arab Emirates with his family on Monday.

Omarkhil's unimpeded departure received harsh criticism from who believes that Omarkhil should be present to answer for the accusations of fraud that have been filed against him.

According to local media, chairman of the Election Commission Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani has said that the votes cast in 1,900 polling sites would be investigated for the second time and it would takes few more days to announce the preliminary results of the June 14 presidential runoff.

Editor: Fu Peng
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