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Abdullah Demands For Suspending Afghan Presidential Vote Count

Afghanistan -- Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah gestures as he speaks during a press conference at his residence in Kabul, June 18, 2014
Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has demanded a halt to vote-counting in the country because of allegations of fraud and called for the UN to oversee the process.

Abdullah said he no longer trusts the Independent Election Commission (IEC) or the Electoral Complaints Commission and called on his election observers to leave their monitoring positions and stop observing the ballot-counting process.

Abdullah, who won the first round of the presidential election with 45 percent of the vote, said a "joint commission" led by the UN should continue the vote counting.

Abdullah said that "everbody knows that unfortunately Afghan President [Hamid Karzai] is not impartial" in the election.

Ashraf Ghani, Abdullah's opponent in the runoff, has not yet commented on Abdullah's demands.

The UN had previously requested that Abdullah and Ghani give the IEC due time to count ballots before raising serious issues.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters