Afghan election audit restarts after delay


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.

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

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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