The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) has postponed the announcement of preliminary results for the September 28th presidential elections.

A source in IEC confirmed that the commission has postponed the announcement of preliminary results by a week.

The commission was supposed to announce the preliminary results on coming Saturday.

However, reports indicate that the election commission has postponed the announcement of the preliminary results in order to count the votes of the quarantined ballot boxes of the provinces and the capital.

Alice Wells, the United States’ Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs had earlier said “The IEC & ECC have a challenging task to review votes & process complaints, concerns, & allegations of fraud from across the country.”

Wells further added “We will support their decision on timing of release of preliminary results. Better for IEC/ECC to deliver an accurate result than a rushed one.”

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