UNITED NATIONS, July 3 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomed the decision of the Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) to launch an additional, ongoing audit of a number of polling stations in the second round of the Presidential election, in which the total number of ballots cast was 599 or higher, a UN spokesman said here Thursday.
"The Mission encourages the Election Commission to implement further measures that could enhance the transparency, neutrality and impartiality of the electoral process, and separate and reject fraudulent ballots from valid votes," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at a daily news briefing here. "It also welcomes the re-scheduling of the announcement of the second round's preliminary results to Monday, 7 July."
"The UN Mission looks forward to the conclusion of the electoral process in accordance with the relevant laws and mandates of the electoral institutions and the orderly transition to a new administration," he said.
The preliminary results from Afghanistan's run-off presidential election will be announced on Monday, following a delay to allow an audit of a number of polling stations, both moves welcomed on Thursday by the United Nations.
The move follows accusations of vote-wrangling in the June 14 run-off vote between presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, charges which ultimately pushed the IEC's Chief Electoral Officer to resign.