Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Evidence of fraud as Hamid Karzai passes threshold in Afghan poll

Afghan policemen carry a casualty from blast siteAfghan police help injured civilians after a suicide bomb attack in Kabul on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters

A commission backed by the UN yesterday declared it had “convincing evidence of fraud” in Afghanistan’s elections and called for a recount of suspect ballots.

The announcement came as the count put President Hamid Karzai over the 50% threshold necessary to avoid a runoff and win re-election. With more than 90% of the votes counted, Karzai was ahead of his main challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, by 54% to 28%.

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