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'No date for preliminary Afghan vote results'

world Updated: Sep 06, 2009 21:26 IST
AFP
Kabul

Afghan electoral authorities said on Sunday they still did not know when preliminary results from last month's presidential election would be made available, three days after the scheduled release date.

The Independent Electoral Commission has been trickling out the results since the vote on August 20 and said on Saturday it hoped to be able to release preliminary results from all polling stations on Sunday or Monday.

But today, spokeswoman Marzia Seddiqi said the commission would only be releasing another batch of partial results later in the day and had no timetable for the first preliminary results.

Asked when the preliminary results would be released, she said simply: "I have no idea."
Even once the preliminary figures are released, full results will have to wait until hundreds of allegations of voting irregularities are investigated.

The final results are not expected before September 17.

The commission on Saturday cancelled the release of the latest tranche of results blaming technical problems.

Throughout the laborious process of piecemeal announcements, the two main contenders for the presidency, incumbent Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah, have each claimed victory.