Ghani asks IEC to stop releasing more results

KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential runner Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Monday asked the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to stop releasing further results until fraudulent votes were cleaned out.
Ghani expressed his concern a day after the IEC announced a second batch of partial results based on nearly 50 percent of votes tallied in all provinces, showing his main challenger Abdullah Abdullah has widened his lead over him.
Abdullah, a former foreign minister in President Hamid Karzai’s previous term, collected 44.4 percent (1536133) votes, with Ghani trailing at 33.2 percent (1146251).
Ahmadzai, a former finance minister, acknowledged to reporters in Kabul that the results were not final and could change because half of the votes still needed to be tallied.
However, he suggested it was imperative to separate genuine votes from bogus ones before announcing further returns.
“We agree with the IEC that the results are not final but the question is that why it announced the results before separating bogus from genuine votes,” he said.
Ahmadzai hoped the IEC would announce the next batch of results after throwing out fraudulent votes.

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