Afghan candidates urged to encourage voters to accept result of election

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A voter (left) and an electoral officer (right) at at a polling station in Kabul, Afghanistan. UN Photo/Fardin Waezi

The candidates in the second round of the presidential election in Afghanistan have been urged by the United Nations to encourage their supporters to accept the result.

No candidate received the required 51 per cent of votes to win the first round of the election in April.

Two candidates are taking part in the second ballot on June 14th.

The UN Deputy Special Representative in Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom, said the two men have a responsibility towards the electoral process.

"We want candidates to say "we don't want to benefit from fraud" and say that clearly. I think it is also important for the candidates to make it clear to the public that they will accept the outcome of the election."  (15″)

The polls mark the first transfer of power from one democratically elected leader to another and are the first to be under the full control of Afghan authorities.

The country has been troubled by decades of instability.

In recent years the outlawed Taliban movement has been blamed for a series of attacks across the country.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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