Monday, August 24, 2009

Abdullah: Elections were furnished

KABUL - The main rival to current President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai at the presidential and local elections held on 20th August, said yesterday that they have evidence that previous elections were largely furnished.
- Preliminary reports we get are annoying. There is a possibility that there were thousands of violations across the country, no doubt - said Abdullah Abdullah.
Afghan Electoral Commission announced that the appeal has so far received 225 complaints, of which 35 marked as a priority, but there is no indication that they will directly affect the election result.
Observers of presidential elections in Afghanistan tell earlier that during the voting on Thursday, noted serious irregularities in the electoral process.
The preliminary report of the Foundation for the implementation of free and fair elections, which were deployed across Afghanistan over 7,000 observers, said that during the voting observed "filling" of ballot boxes, multiple voting and intimidation of voters and that not only did Taliban insurgents.
The Taliban have previously threatened to interfere in various ways to the elections, which, despite the attacks which killed 26 people, last relatively peaceful, with a large turnout of citizens.
Both major candidates for head of state, the current President Hamid Karzai and his rival, Abdullah Abdullah, but were each in turn, declared victory, with the claim that there is no need for maintaining the second round.

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