Afghan election audit restarts after delay

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iol pic wldB104_AFGHANISTAN-RELIGION-_0728_11 Reuters File photo: Afghan President Hamid Karzai addresses the media after Eid ul-Fitr prayers at the presidential palace in Kabul. Picture: Omar Sobhani

Kabul - An Afghan electoral official says that the auditing of results from the country's presidential runoff election have resumed after a holiday break.

Noor Mohammad Noor, a spokesman for the Afghan election commission, said that the election commission started auditing on Sunday afternoon though they were scheduled to begin on Saturday.

Noor says local and international observers are watching the audit with journalists, as well as representatives from candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai' s team. There were no representatives from his competitor, Abdullah Abdullah.

A United Nations official says requests from Abdullah's team delayed the audit's resumption.

Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission is auditing all 8 million votes cast in the June 14 election as part of a deal struck by US Secretary of State John Kerry over fraud allegations. - Sapa-AP

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