Hamid Karzai to accept election result ruling – forcing runoff on November 7

October 20, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Afghan President Karzai under international pressure will accept the final decision of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), his spokesman said after election fraud report denied him victory. A panel probing fraud claims in the Afghan election has previously found Karzai did not gain enough valid votes for an outright win. Fraud investigations previously discovered that 1.1 million ‘questionable votes’ were given to President Hamid Karzai from the country’s disputed August election, and that the subtraction of these votes was enough to push Karzai below 50 percent. The U.N.-backed Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) panel Monday agreed, releasing its findings after nearly two months of investigations, which is expected to force a runoff.  The New York Times reports that some administration officials are pushing Karzai and his main rival, Abdullah Abdullah, to form a coalition government.  But the latest reports indicate the runoff will occur on November 7th, 2009.


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