The current chief executive and candidate to preside again Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah He warned this Sunday that he will not recognize the result of the elections last September, if the newly initiated does not stop scrutiny of the votes and audit them.
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The ruler alleges that opposition candidate Ashraf Ghani is pushing to include an additional 300,000 votes that did not arrive through biometric devices used in surveys and that he claims should be annulled.
"As our observers are not present to observe the (counting) process, then those results will not be legitimate," Abdullah warned in a meeting with thousands of his supporters in Kabul.
For his part, an important leader of the Ashraf Ghani campaign told international media that Abdullah's camp fears the count because they would lose.
Candidate Abdullah's team on Saturday ordered their observers to boycott the scrutiny initiated that day by the Independent Electoral Commission (EIC). Preliminary results should be announced on November 14, when more than a month has elapsed since the elections of September 28.
In this process, only 1.92 million biometrically verified votes will be counted and 86,000 of them were declared void by the Commission. However, Abdullah's team claims that the null votes exceed 300,000.
The current government seeks to stop scrutiny and auditing until the EIC decides on the issue. The electoral entity planned to count and audit the votes of more than 8,000 of the 26,000 polling stations in 33 provinces of the country.
Local media say the clashes may deepen the political crisis in Afghanistan after the presidential elections of September 28, questioned by accusations of fraud.
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Abdullah said that if the country enters into crisis, his team is not responsible and stressed that his "next steps will always be peaceful and within the law to defend the clean votes of the people." "We are not in favor of the crisis, but if the country enters into crisis, the responsibility will fall on the shoulders of the electoral team of President Ashraf Ghani," he added, referring to who is considered his main rival among the 15 candidates.