Afghan Presidential Candidate Demands Vote Counting End, Cites Fraud

Afghan Presidential Candidate Demands Vote Counting End, Cites Fraud

Afghanistan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah is “demanding an immediate stop to vote counting,” claiming “ballot boxes have been stuffed… to benefit his rival Ashraf Ghani.”

According to BBC News, Abdullah said he has “lost trust in election officials” and has asked his “monitors to leave their offices.”

In the first round of the presidential elections held in April, Abdullah was ahead of every other candidate but failed to secure a full majority. He said no one had explained what he referred to as “inflated turnout figures,” nor had anyone explained why “several thousand election workers were sacked after the first round” of elections.

Abdullah’s opponent is “a former World Bank economist.” One of the two men is expected to take over the presidency in August.

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