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Afghan elections are historic: White House

world Updated: Aug 28, 2009 08:06 IST

Amid reports of large-scale fraud and rigging, the White House has maintained that the August 20 presidential and provincial elections were historic.

"The elections in Afghanistan are obviously historic. It is the first election that the Afghan people have been able to conduct themselves for the last 30 years," the White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton told reporters at Martha's Vineyard, where the President is on vacation with his family.

"The President's view is we are all waiting for the results to trickle in, just like everybody else. But we think that with the mechanisms in place to address any allegations of fraud that they will work. We are just waiting out the process, just like everybody else," Burton said.

Meanwhile, the State Department said the Obama Administration has had a number of conversations in the past with Kabul about good governance in Afghanistan.

"We have had a number of conversations with Afghan authorities going back a number of months and years about the need for the Afghan Government to perform effectively, to build effective institutions, to deal with the issue of corruption, and ultimately to be a government that the international community can work with, and the people of Afghanistan can respect," the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs P J Crowley said.

"That is something we are going to work hard on. But let's see what the new government looks like, who's in it, and then we'll draw some conclusions from that," Crowley said.