Afghan challenger claims election “widely rigged”


In Afghanistan the counting of votes continues amidst accusations that the election has been ‘widely rigged’. Those are the allegations made by Dr. Abdullah Abdullah the main challenger to President Hamid Karzai. The Independent Election Commission said it is dealing with scores of complaints but did not believe they would affect the result.

Abdullah, the former foreign secretary, has also accused the watchdog of supporting Karzai. President Karzai has been tipped to win the election but not by enough votes to prevent a second round. He used to be a political ally of Dr. Abdullah but the two are now bitter enemies.

The election row comes as as a top US Military official warned that the situation is ‘deteriorating’. But Admiral Mike Mullen has said that the new US Commander on the ground has not yet called for more support. A record 44 US troops lost their lives in the month of July in Afghanistan.

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