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No confirmation on Karzai victory claim: commission

world Updated: Aug 21, 2009 15:42 IST

Afghanistan's election authority said on Friday it could not confirm claims by President Hamid Karzai's team that he won landmark polls and called for candidates to await the final results.

"We cannot confirm this statement," Independent Election Commission deputy chief electoral officer Zekria Barakzai said.

"It is the job of the election commission to release the results and we will wait for the hard copies of the results."

Karzai's team said earlier he was ahead after Thursday's polling and that there was no need for a second round run-off.