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Afghan Candidate Seeks Halt To Runoff Vote Count

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June 19, 2014 AT 12:44 PM
Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah demanded Wednesday that Afghan electoral authorities stop counting ballots from a weekend runoff vote, citing new allegations of widespread fraud. The election commission refused and appealed to all sides to await final results. The discord set the stage for a showdown that could threaten Afghanistan's first peaceful transfer of authority. Abdullah, a onetime aide to a famed warlord during the Afghan anti-Soviet guerrilla campaign, said monitors deployed by his campaign to the polls had recorded massive ballot box stuffing and other irregularities.