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Afghan Presidential Election Audit Resumes Without Abdullah's Backing


The audit process has begun with Afghan and international monitors in attendance. (file photo)

An audit of Afghan presidential election ballots has resumed in Kabul, but one of the two remaining candidates, Abdullah Abdullah, is refusing to take part in the process.

Noor Muhammad Noor, a spokesman for the Independent Election Commission, said it began the audit of the election ballots early on August 3 with Afghan and international monitors in attendance.

Noor urged Abdullah's team to take part in the process, saying they have "no more reasons left to not participate" in the audit.

Abdullah's team has said there were still differences over how the audit would separate fraudulent ballots from genuine ones.

The audit of approximately eight million votes cast in the June 14 second round of the presidential election was halted last month due to technical disagreements between the quarreling parties.

Abdullah rejected preliminary results that named his rival, Ashraf Ghani, as the winner.

With reporting by AFP
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