The EU Election Assessment Team in Afghanistan is calling for a wider audit of polling stations to detect potential voting fraud than the audit now being undertaken by Afghan election authorities.
The chief observer of the EU team, Thijs Berman, issued a statement in Kabul on July 3 saying that "the number of problematic polling stations could well exceed 6,000 out of a total of 22,828" that took part in the election.
Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) is currently conducting an audit of 1,930 polling stations amid charges of vote fraud.
The IEC has delayed the announcement of the initial results of the June 14 presidential runoff vote until July 7 while it conducts its audit.
Berman urged the IEC "to perform a more in-depth audit," saying that "this is technically possible without much delay."