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Karzai Says UN Should Intervene In Afghan Vote Count

Afghan President Hamid Karzai called on the UN to intervene in the presidential election process after allegations of massive fraud by candidate Abdullah Abdullah.

Abdullah, who won the first-round of the election, called on June 18 for the UN to supervise vote-counting after the runoff between him and Ashraf Ghani on June 14.

A statement from Karzai's office said he agrees with Abdullah's suggestion that the UN step into the process, which he said would be "a positive step."

Abdullah has also recalled his observers from the ballot counting, called for the process to cease, and said he will not accept the results because he doesn't trust the Independent Election Commission (IEC).

The UN has called on candidates to refrain from interfering in the process.

The IEC has rejected the claims of fraud and said vote counting continues.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP