Audits requested to break deadlock over Presidential run-off

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The UN Mission in Afghanistan has suggested for additional audits to be conducted in order to break the deadlock over the presidential election run-off.

The proposal was presented at a meeting convened by the incumbent President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai.

For weeks, the two presidential candidates have requested a full investigation of serious and credible allegations of fraud.

They have also strongly urged measures that would separate fraudulent ballots from valid votes.

Farhan Haq is the UN Spokesperson.

"The Mission shares these concerns and supports an extensive and thorough investigation and audit. The mission urges the Independent Election Commission and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission to take up this proposal and start implementing the proposed audit with utmost impartiality and transparency."

A robust nationwide audit, involving 34 provinces, would take up to 14 days, the UN says.

The final results of the elections were scheduled to be announced around 22 July.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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