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Abdullah's team accuses Afghan 2nd vice president of involvement in election fraud as vote recounting underway

English.news.cn   2014-08-03 21:50:44

by Haleem

KABUL, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- The team of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday accused Second Vice President Mohammad Karim Khalili of siding with Abdullah's opponent Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and involvement in electoral fraud.

"Mr. Khalili has assured his supporters that the government, the president, the Election Commissions and the international friends are in favor of their team and their candidate (Ashraf Ghani) and have promised to make sure the victory of their candidate in the election," a member of Abdullah's team Nasrullah Baryali Arsalai told a press conference here.

He also played an audio tape as evidence regarding Khalili's involvement in the alleged electoral fraud wherein Khalili told his supporters that "there is no doubt in the victory of our team because President Hamid Karzai and the international community have similar view in supporting our team and are committed to use all options for the victory of a specific team in the presidential elections."

However, Khalili has rejected the claim and said in his tweeter, "This tape is a fake," he said.

Abdullah's team in the past had accused Ziaul Haq Omarkhil, ex- chief secretary of the Election Commission of siding with Ghani Ahmadzai and involvement in fraud, prompting Omarkhil to resign.

Afghanistan's third presidential election since the collapse of Taliban regime in late 2001 was held on April 5 amid Taliban attacks which had claimed more than 200 lives, but the process went on smoothly. However, none of the eight presidential candidates secured more than 50 percent of the votes and thus a runoff was conducted.

The presidential runoff was held on June 14 but the result has yet to be announced.

Meanwhile, the Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Sunday resumed the auditing process of presidential runoff election votes after four-time suspension since the process began on July 17, in the absence of observers from Abdullah's team.

On Saturday, an online statement released by Abdullah's team pointed out that their observers refuse to attend the process until negotiations with the United Nations and concerned parties are concluded in regard to ensuring transparency of the election results.

However, Election Commission Chairman Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani has vowed that the election body would go ahead with recounting of the votes whether or not Abdullah's team joins the auditing process, according to media reports.

Meanwhile, Abdullah's aide Baryali Arsalai said on Sunday that the 'recounting of votes and auditing process has no legitimacy unless our conditions are met."

 

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