• AFGHAN POLL RESULT DELAYED FOR RECOUNTING

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    KABUL: The preliminary result of Afghanistan’s presidential election run-off has been delayed for several days for a recount of ballots in 2,000 voting centers amid a dispute over fraud, officials said on Tuesday. “We have started inspecting the votes in around 2,000 polling centers after the commission decided to make sure of transparency,” Independent Election Commission member Sharifa Zurmati told Agence France-Presse. “The announcement has been delayed for several days until the inspection ends. We will hopefully finish the inspection on Friday and then set a date,” he added. About 6,000 voting centres were open across Afghanistan on June 14, when voters chose between former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani. Abdullah, previously seen as the poll front-runner, has boycotted the election process over what he said was “blatant fraud,” while Ghani has said the election was clean and that he is more than one million votes ahead.

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