Noor Mohammad NoorThe presidential election audit process was launched on Thursday in the absence of observers from Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai camps.

Independent Election Commission (IEC) spokesman, Noor Mohammad Noor, said the audit process started on Thursday morning and continues in a normal manner.

Noor further added that the audit process has not faced any isusue so far and 76.2 percent of the ballots have been audited so far.

He also added that 1,500 out of 6,000 ballot boxes, which were designated for special audit, have been audited and recounted.

The election audit remained suspended for almost seven hours on Wednesday due to the absence of Dr. Abdullah’s observer in the premises of election commission.

Abdullah’s chief observer, Fazal Ahmad Mawani, warned on Tuesday that they boycott the vote audit process, claiming that the audit process was not transparent and influenced by politics.

Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai’s camp also pulled all it’s observers from the audit process based on United Nation’s request after Abdullah’s observers did not appear in IEC premises.

The UN mission in Afghanistan expressed regrets regarding Dr. Abdullah’s decision to halt participation in election audit process and pledged support to Afghan authorities to complete the audit process.

The United Nations requested the team of Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai to review their own participation in the audit process, given the decision of Dr. Abdullah’s team, and in the interests of protecting the integrity of the audit process, UNAMA said.