Karzai and Abdullah prepare for run-off


A day after Afghanistan’s president said he would accept a run-off presidential ballot, his main challenger has confirmed he also accepts a second vote.

Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah welcomed the decision of the Independent Election Commission to hold a vote on November the 7th.

Abdullah said: “We have certain suggestions, recommendations and conditions in order to avoid widespread massive fraud in the upcoming elections”.

President Hamid Karzai bowed to international pressure after a UN-backed panel said it found evidence of fraud in a vote held on August the 20th.

Aleem Siddique, from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, said: “Preparations now are in full swing for a second round, for this year’s Presidential Elections in Afghanistan. All voting materials are now in the country, the ballot papers have been printed”.

But there are warnings from some experts that there is not enough time to restore confidence in the electoral process and make all of the logistical preparations fair.

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