Afghan election commission accused of fraud

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Kabul: Leading Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah accused the Election Commission of involvement in fraud and demanded its suspension.
“In many polling stations, the ballot boxes had been filled in the absence of our observers, in some places our observers had not been allowed to monitor and many more cases of irregularities have been detected and documented,” Abdullah said at a press conference here.
“Vote counting should be stopped immediately,” Abdullah said, adding that “if the Election Commission continues the process of vote counting, it has no legitimacy”.
Abdullah, who secured 45 percent of the votes against his rival Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, who secured 31.6 percent in the April 5 presidential election, also called upon his team’s monitors to leave provinces and come to Kabul.