Kerry arrives in Afghanistan to help resolve election crisis
By Ghanizada - Fri Jul 11 2014, 8:18 am
State Department spokesman, Jeff Rathke said Kerry would meet with the Afghan president Hamid Karzi, presidential candidates Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, and officials from the United Nations.
Rathke said Kerry will press for a thorough review “of all reasonable allegations of fraud,” which would entail doing significant additional audits.
The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) released the preliminary vote results for the runoff presidential election earlier this week which declared Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai winner who secured 56.44 percent of the vote.
However, Dr. Abdullah rejected the preliminary vote results as a “coup” against the Afghan people and warned to resist against the fake results, with Abdullah’s close allies suggesting the formation of a parallel government.
In the meantime, the UN mission in Afghanistan presented its proposal for the resolution of the election crisis to Afghan president Hamid Karzai on Thursday and suggested that votes of 8000 polling stations which is equivalent to 3.5 million votes should be audited.
President Hamid Karzai endorsed the UN proposal form and called on presidential candidates and electoral bodies to cooperate in a bid to resolve the crisis.