KarzaiAfghan President Hamid Karzai said Thursday that the presidential vote results must be announced by the end of this month.

President Karzai met with the UN special representative for Afghanistan Ján Kubiš to discuss the process of votes audit currently underway.

Karzai expressed concerns regarding the negative impact of election delays which has negatively affected the country’s security, stability and economy of the country, the presidential palace said in a statement.

He emphasized that the election results must be announced within the timeline as previously agreed (current month of August) so that the new President can take office.

“The President stressed that the Afghan people, who went in millions to exercise their right, have been waiting for months for the results and want to see their country have a new President and a new government to move things forward as normal,” the statement by presidential palace said.

This comes as the US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Afghanistan late Thursday to lay out a road map for Afghanistan to complete a vote audit and inaugurate a new president by the end of the month.

Kerry is expected to encourage Dr. Abdullah and Dr. Ghani to accelerate the vote audit and make progress on a power-sharing agreement reached during his visit last month.